Russian ex-spy poisoned in UK
9 March, 2018British counter-terrorism officers are working to uncover the origin of the nerve agent used in the attempted murder of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, news wires reported. The pair was found critically ill last Sunday on a bench in Salisbury. Several people who tried to get in contact with them had also fallen ill. According to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, the nerve agent used was “very rare”.Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, was convicted of passing secrets to MI6 but was given refuge in the UK in 2010 as part of a spy swap. He and his daughter had visited a pub and a restaurant in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon, before being found collapsed on a bench. A witness, who saw the pair at the restaurant, said Skripal was acting “very strange”. Police have yet to say if they know how and where the poison was administered.The suspected poisoning prompted Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to say last Tuesday that if Russia were behind the incident then Britain could look again at sanctions. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson added Russia was becoming an “ever greater threat”. Russia denied any involvement and scolded Johnson for “wild” comments.