Russia: No information on ex-intelligence officer collapse in UK

The spy was granted refuge in Britain after a spy swap in 2010

Prince William will be forced to boycott the World Cup if Russia is behind the poisoning of two people in Salisbury, Boris Johnson threatened in the Commons.

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down, which has state-of-the-art equipment to look for trace amounts of substances, is believed to be involved in examining what could have caused them to fall ill.

The U.K. government will respond "appropriately and robustly" depending on an investigation into an incident that saw former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter critically hospitalized last Sunday in Salisbury, England.

"It has not been declared a terrorist incident and at this stage we are keeping an open mind as to what happened".

The BBC reported that two officers on the case were hospitalized with wheezing and itchy eyes.

- CCTV footage from a camera at Snap Fitness 24/7 gym emerged showing a man and a woman walking in the area moments before the pair were found.

However after a backlash Johnson's 'team' quickly backtracked claiming that what the politician meant was that dignitaries from the UK were unlikely to head east this summer.

A 2016 inquiry by the British government found Russian agency FSB (which succeeded the KGB) had Litvinenko killed in an operation "probably approved" by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I don't think it would be right to say that he made a statement of policy".

Russia has denied any involvement, but counter terrorism police have taken over the investigation. "It could of course be a provocation by British special services aimed at discrediting first and foremost the Russian organs of power on the eve of the presidential election", he told Interfax.

"We will certainly have to consider that".

Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said yesterday that it had no information on the "tragic situation".

A restaurant on a street nearby, "Zizzi", was closed Monday while a pub was also cordoned off Tuesday "as a precaution", local police said.

The cause of the Skripals' illness remains unclear. A BuzzFeed News investigation previously identified 14 deaths in the UK that American intelligence agencies have linked to Russia.

Skripal was sentenced in Russia to 13 years for treason in 2006 for allegedly spying for British intelligence services, passing secrets to MI6 since the late 1990s, receiving more than $100,000 for sharing the identities of Russian agents in Europe. Relations with Russia began deteriorating after the Litvinenko murder, and got worse in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and Russia's military intervention in Syria.

Police said they had been exposed to an unknown substance.

Skripal was granted refuge in the U.K. following a spy exchange between the U.S. and Russia in 2010. "She sort of leant in on him, it looked like she'd passed out maybe".

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