The British police uncovered new details of the investigation into the poisoning of ex-colonel GRU Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury. The investigation believes that the victims were contacted for the first time with an unknown nerve agent near the front door of the house where Skripal lived. The results of the examination show that the highest concentration of poison is at the threshold of the ex-colonel's house. This is stated on the website of Scotland Yard.
"At this stage of our investigation, we believe that Skripali first came into contact with a nerve agent near their front door. Therefore, we pay great attention to the actions around the house, "the words of the head of the anti-terrorist unit of the London police, Dean Haidon, are quoted in the message. According to him, those who live not far from the house of Skripal, should treat with understanding the visits of policemen. Haydon, however, assured that now the risk of poisoning with an unknown substance in the vicinity of Salisbury is minimal.
"I would also like to thank the local residents for their continued support and understanding. The unique circumstances of this case show that the officers are likely to work in the area for several more weeks or months, "he added.
At the moment about 250 policemen are engaged in the investigation of the case around the clock with the support of a number of experts. They are to conduct an examination of 1,350 seized objects. About 500 witnesses have already been questioned.
Traces of the poison agent over the past few weeks have also been found elsewhere, but at lower concentrations than those at Skripal's. Police officers will continue to conduct a thorough search around the house of ex-colonel GRU for investigation and as a precautionary measure.
Skripal and his daughter Julia were unconscious on March 4 on one of the benches at a shopping center in Salisbury. In critical condition, they were taken to the hospital. The British police are investigating the incident as an assassination attempt. So far, it has not been established which exactly poisonous substance is involved. However, the investigation believes that the Violins could be poisoned with a nerve agent of the "Novice" type, which was allegedly developed in Soviet times in the Soviet Union.
The possible involvement of Russia in the incident was earlier announced in the Parliament by the British Prime Minister Teresa May. She promised if there was evidence of Moscow's involvement in imposing sanctions against Russia. On March 14, London officially announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats connected with intelligence. The British Foreign Office has frozen bilateral contacts.
The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, has repeatedly denied all charges in the case of Skripal. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in response to the actions of British colleagues, announced the expulsion of 23 British diplomats, the withdrawal of consent to the opening of the British Consulate General in St. Petersburg. Also, the activity of the British Council in Russia was discontinued due to the unsettled status of its status.