According to Scotland Yard, probably poisoning in his home in Salisbury, southwestern England, in early March, Sergei Skripal was a British-Russian intelligence agent and his daughter, Julia Szkripal, who was just visiting her father.
Both have been treated in crisis at Salisbury Hospital since then.
Dean Haydon, coordinator of the London-based terrorist hardening commander in command of the Scotland Yard, said on Wednesday evening that the investigating experts had shown toxins at the highest doorstep at the entrance to Skripal’s apartment and concluded that the Russian a former British colonel of military intelligence, a former British agent (MI6), and his daughter first came into contact with nerve poison in the apartment.
According to Haydon, the traces of the drug have been found in other locations in recent weeks, but at a lower concentration than in Scripal’s home.
According to the senior police officer, according to this, most of the investigation activity is centered around the apartment and its surroundings. Haydon emphasized, however, that this activity is of a precautionary nature and that the risk to the population remains low.
According to Scotland Yard Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, due to the unique nature of the investigation, police presence in the neighborhood may take weeks or months.
According to Wednesday’s information, approximately 250 detectives of counter-terrorism are involved in the investigation involving all partner organizations and experts from all possible fields.
Haydon also reported that the police are investigating more than five thousand hours of closed-loop surveillance cameras and investigating 1350 items that have been collected as evidence in the investigation so far. Detectives from Scotland Yard have identified about 500 potential witnesses, and hundreds of testimonies have been recorded so far.
Britain issued a few days after the toxic incident on March 4, 23 Russian diplomats carrying out intelligence activities, according to the British authorities; they’ve already traveled from London.
Moscow soon called on British diplomats to leave, and ordered the closure of the British Consulate in St Petersburg and stopped the activities of the British Council in cultural and educational activities in more than a hundred countries of the world.
London considers the poisoning of Scripta and her daughter as an assassination attempt for which, according to the British government’s official wording, “most likely” is Russia’s responsibility.
But Moscow strongly denies having to do with the case and has offered to cooperate several times with London to investigate the case, but it requires tangible evidence from the British side. In recent days, Russia has indicated in several diplomatic declarations that the British government has not received any evidence or even any official information about the Scripal case.
According to the British Government, poisoning was caused by the Soviet Union’s novices class-of-grade neurohormic agent.
On the Russian side, however, it is regularly reported that Russia has completely destroyed its military chemical substance for military use and was confirmed by the Hague-based Chemical Weapons Organization (OPCW) last year.
OPCW experts joined the Scripal case last week.