21 people treated after nerve agent attack on former Russian spy

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About 180 troops from the Royal Air Force Regiment and the Royal Marines will be assigned to the investigation, British media reported.

The military have been drafted in as part of the investigation (Picture: Getty) Police have said that military assistance will continue as long as is necessary. Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, who chairs the all-party Parliamentary group on Russian Federation, said it would be "very difficult" for the England team to compete in the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer if Moscow is linked to the attack.

British home secretary Amber Rudd visits the scene where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after having been poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury, Britain, on March 9, 2018.

The two remain in critical condition in a Salisbury hospital, while authorities say Bailey is making progress toward recovery.

The global chemical weapons watchdog says it is in touch with authorities in Britain about the use of a rare nerve agent in an attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Blair told BBC radio that Bailey "has actually been to the house, whereas there is a doctor who looked after the patients in the open who hasn't been affected at all".

Officials in the United Kingdom have not disclosed the identity of the nerve agent, but toxicologists and chemical weapons experts say that chemical analysis of the compound could hold the key to finding the perpetrators.

She said: "I understand people's curiosity about all those questions, wanting to have answers, and there will be a time to have those answers".

"We have to give the police all the space they need in order to collect all the information, to secure and to be able to be absolutely clear that there is no further risk", Rudd said.

The Russian Embassy said on its Facebook account that the same way fake news are published about the Lavrov-Tillerson meeting, US media speak about Russia's aggressive attitude towards the people in West Ghouta, in Syria. "The public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remains the same", the Scotland Yard said in a statement.

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Home Secretary Rudd said that Britain was trying to ascertain the source of the nerve agent used against Skripal.

Officers have also confirmed that 21 people, including Skripal, his daughter, and Sgt Bailey, were treated in hospital in relation to the attack, after previously claiming the number was "fewer than ten".

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian officials had not received a single fact or piece of concrete evidence about what happened to Mr Skripal and his daughter.

His wife Liudmila died on October 23, 2012 of cancer at the age of 60, according to British media.

"I'm massively proud of what Nick did and all of my staff on that night, they did a first-class job".

The park in Salisbury where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found critically ill.

He described seeing around 10 people in hazmat suits looking at the vehicle, which was said to be a Mercedes people-carrier.

Mr Skripal served four years of a 13 year sentence in Russian Federation after he was caught spying for MI6 and was released as part of a spy exchange in 2010, when he was given refuge in the UK. He was convicted in his home country in 2006 for passing state secrets to MI6.

"It is possible that it is related to the elections in Russia or that it is part of a battle between the elites within the security services, to send messages either to the English or to the Russian elites", he said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is willing to demand that England officials boycott the World Cup in Russia over the poisoning it is shown to have been committed by the Russian state.

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