Last Sunday, something weird happened to the Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter that put him in a tense physical condition. Sergei Viktorovich Skripal, a former Russian army officer and a double agent for the UK intelligence agency MI6, was “being exposed to an unknown substance,” which poisoned him.
Following the controversial incident, more than 180 troops have been sent to Salisbury, the city where Skripal was poisoned. These Armed Forces personnel were sent by the order of police and defense ministry to solve and handle the situation.
Investigation of Sergei Skripal case follows the Litvinenko script: most info to be classified, Russia to get no access to investigation files and no opportunity to assess its credibility pic.twitter.com/Q0BghRX4ao
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 9, 2018
On the other hand, the Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was responsible to respond about the case, was also poisoned at Skripal’s home. According to the authorities, he is now “talking and engaging.” Bailey’s illness express the idea that Skripal and his daughter had been poisoned at the ex-MI6 agent’s house in Christie Miller Road, not the restaurant Zizzi where they had their dinner before the incident.
“The Counter Terrorism Policing Network has requested assistance from the military to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene in Salisbury town centre, as they have the necessary capability and expertise. The public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remains the same,” said A Metropolitan Police spokesman.
“The military has the expertise and capability to respond to a range of contingencies. The Ministry of Defence regularly assists the emergency services and local authorities in the UK. Military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation,” he continued.
According to the Gavin Williamson, the UK Defense Secretary, the Armed Forces have “stepped up to support the police” in the survey into a “dreadful incident.” He has also claimed that this weird event has sparked a diplomatic row between Russia and the UK. He believes that Russia poses an “ever greater threat.”