'Don't live in Britain' Russia issues new DEATH THREAT after spy poisoning

'Don't live in Britain' Russia issues new DEATH THREAT after spy poisoning

The pair had no visible injuries and were taken to Salisbury District Hospital, where they are in critical condition.

Saying Britain is being "pushed around" by the Kremlin, Britain's defense secretary has joined a chorus in London calling for retaliation against Russia, as a former Russian double agent and his daughter fight for their lives after being struck down by a toxic substance.

About 180 troops have been brought in to help remove vehicles and potentially-contaminated objects around the crime scene due to their specialist knowledge, said police.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on Sunday.

Temporary chief constable of Wiltshire police Kier Pritchard said: "I have visited Nick in hospital this afternoon and I can confirm that he is conscious, talking and engaging with people".

Scotland Yard said on Friday: "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".

Scientific tests by government experts have identified the specific substance used, which will help identify the source, but authorities have refused to disclose the details.

Police say the roughly 21 people treated include the three still hospitalized.

A spokesman said: "The public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remains the same".

Ms Rudd said: "At the moment our priority is going to be the incident, which is why I'm here in Salisbury today, making sure that everybody's protected around the incident, making sure the emergency services have had the support that they need and will continue to get it".

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Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal had been granted refuge in the United Kingdom in 2010 under a "spy swap" but was found unconscious with his 33-year-old daughter outside a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday.

"As both the Prime Minister and Home Secretary have said, if a state actor is found to be responsible, there will be an appropriate response". Russia's embassy in London said the incident was being used to demonise Russian Federation and that it was seriously concerned by British media reporting of the Skripal incident.

The attack has been likened in Britain to the assassination of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who died in London in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210.

"What we see is only news reports. saying that if it is Russian Federation, then a response is going to be given that Russian Federation is going to remember forever", Mr Lavrov said during a visit to Addis Ababa.

"If Russia's help is genuinely needed, we will be willing to consider this possibility if we have the necessary information", Lavrov said. "I can also confirm that we believe the two people originally who became unwell were targeted specifically".

Skripal was arrested in December 2004 by Federal Security Service agents on suspicion of treason: passing secrets to Britain's MI6 intelligence agency.

Skripal has been living in Britain since 2010, when he was part of a prisoner exchange for 10 Russian spies arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Officers were guarding the area where he and his daughter were found, along with a pizza restaurant and a pub they had visited and the graves of Skripal's wife and son.

"There is no question that the authorities will be looking for the container used to deliver the material as the chemical contents would be a goldmine", Sella said.

Moscow has reacted angrily to the accusations it was involved, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday dismissing them as baseless "propaganda".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Johnson's comments were "wild".

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