Written by Nathasha De Alwis
14 Mar, 2018 | 6:13 pm
The United Kingdom has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the poisoning of a former double agent in Salisbury.
Russia has failed to respond to a midnight set by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to explain how a Russian made nerve agent was used on Sergi Skripal and daughter Yulia.
Premiership Theresa Mat is set to announce a series of measures against Russia before MP’s later.
According to Russia, they had no motive in the attempted murder of the pair.
The Kremlin, which has consistently denied involvement, said any step by the PM would lead to “retaliatory measures”.
The Foreign Office states that the incident in Salisbury on March 4, which left Skripals critically ill, “follows a well-established pattern of Russian state aggression”.
Who is Sergi Skripal?
Sergei Skripal is a retired Russian military intelligence colonel who was sentenced in 2006 to 13 years in prison.
He was accused of spying for Britain. He was convicted and later pardoned, for passing the identities of Russian secret agents in Europe to the United Kingdom’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
According to Russia, MI6 had paid him $100,000 for the information which he has been supplying since the 1990s.
But he was one of the four prisoners Moscow swapped for spies in the US in 2010.
He was found on March 4th slumped on a shopping centre bench in Salisbury, alongside his unconscious 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal.
The pair is critically ill in Intensive care and foreign authorities are investigating their exposure to an unknown substance.
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