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UK PM to chair security meeting over Russian spy poisoning

Press Trust of India  |  London 

British will a meeting of the Council (NSC) to assess the intelligence around the poisoning of a Russian with a deadly last week.

The meeting of the country's security chiefs has been called to update the British PM on the investigation and whether the source of the poisoning of is any clearer.


Senior ministers, intelligence and military chiefs will decide if there is enough evidence to take action against the perpetrators, amid wide-spread speculation that the Russian state was behind the attack.

'The Times' newspaper claims that senior sources have said police and have established enough evidence to link to the attempted killings.

There is speculation that a UK announcement after the meeting today could result with action against Russia, including expelling Russian diplomats and fresh financial sanctions.

Yesterday, Britain's public health authorities had asked nearly 500 people who were at a restaurant and pub linked with the poisoning of the Russian to clean up their possessions to remove any traces of the deadly used against the targets.

Trace amounts of the substance used to poison and his daughter, Yulia, were found at the and in Salisbury, where the duo had been before they were found collapsed on a bench at The Maltings shopping centre in the city.

"The risk to the general public remains low and I am confident none of these customers or staff will have suffered harm," said Prof Dame Sally Davies, the for England.

People who were at either the pub or the Italian restaurant before they were shut down last Monday have been advised to wash their clothes, ideally in a washing machine.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, both remain critically ill but in a stable condition in hospital after being discovered on Sunday.

Nick Bailey, who was the to come in contact with the circumstances, remains seriously ill in hospital but has been talking to his family.

has continued to deny any Kremlin involvement, but the attack has been compared to the murder of former agent Alexander Litvinenko, who ingested the rare and highly radioactive polonium 210 in 11 years ago.

Skripal was convicted of treason in 2006 and jailed for 13 years for selling secrets to MI6, which had recruited him in the 1990s. The with Russian military intelligence GRU, was pardoned in a swap in 2010 and settled in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 14:00 IST
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