According to Amber Rudd, interior minister of Britain, they’ll be taking no action against the attackers who used nerve agents in an attempt to kill a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, until further information has been uncovered.
The statement was made on Thursday in light of the incident that was carried out in Salisbury, a quiet English city. It involved Sergei Skripal, a 66-year old former double agent, who his 33-year old daughter Yulia, who have been the in critical condition. The pair were found on a bench outside a shopping center and the exposure to the nerve agent had left them unconscious.
It has been speculated by some politicians as well as the media that the Russians could be behind the attack. However, Moscow has dismissed the claims and have responded by saying that it’s a campaign intended to unsettle Russia.
Nevertheless, during an interview with the British radio, Rudd has advised that people do not jump to conclusions before all the facts have been uncovered. She said they will have to take a closer look at the evidence, before they decide to point fingers at anyone. If it turns out, that someone is to blame, they’ll take action with by keeping cool heads, and not right now based on media rumors, she added.
On Wednesday, the British police revealed that the reason for the condition of Skripal and his daughter was a nerve agent. Rudd conveyed that also affected by the substance was a British police officer, who although remained in a serious condition, was able to communicate now.
Government experts conducted scientific test to figure out the what the nerve agent was and succeeded in doing so. They haven’t disclosed any information yet, though they believe that the tests will help in finding the origin of the substance.
In 2004, Russian authorities arrested Skripal for betraying dozens of Russian agents to the British agencies. In 2006, the government sentenced him to 13 years in prison but he was pardoned in 2010 and swapped for Russian spies as he obtained refuge in Britain.
The attack on Skripal is not the first of its kind, as Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-KGB agent, was assassinated in a similar manner. Radioactive polonium-210 was used to poison his green tea in London, as the renowned critic of Vladimir Putin died in London in 2006.
Russia was blamed for the murders, as an inquiry into the matter discovered that the murder had been carried out by Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoy, both of whom were Russians. The British also claimed that the murder had been approved by Vladimir Putin, as the Russians denied the claims and refused to hand the Koytun and Lugovoy to the British, with the latter going on to become a member of parliament later on.
When questioned, if Russia had been at the end of some favorable treatment by the British, she denied it and said that whoever was discovered to be responsible for the attempt, will be taken strict action against.