Skripal’s daughter brought the poison from Moscow

Skripal’s daughter brought the poison from Moscow
Yulia and Sergei Skripal Photo: Telegraph

The investigation believes that Yulia's clothes and cosmetics had been soaked with poisonous substance before she left Moscow.

Investigators keep revealing more details to solve the espionage puzzle where the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia got poisoned. As Telegraph writes citing its sources in the special services, British investigators have put forward a new theory: it was the spy’s daughter, Yulia Skripal, who brought the poison from Moscow.

The substance used to poison Skripal had been in his daughter's suitcase, the newspaper said referring to sources of Scotland Yard. The investigation established that the poison had been impregnated in Yulia's cosmetics or a piece of clothing.

The poisoned item was meant to be unpacked in the Salisbury house of the former spy, the newspaper assumes. A source close to the investigation said that the toxin was hidden in a piece of clothing or cosmetics or else a gift that was opened in the house. According to one of the theories, the criminals specifically targeted the spy’s daughter to reach Sergei Skripal. Scotland Yard is convinced that the attackers could have easily penetrated Yulia Skripal's apartment in Moscow and put the poison in her luggage.

The former double spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found sitting on a bench in Salisbury on March 4. Police officers arrived, and it was assumed that the man and the woman had been poisoned. Later, some media wrote that the poisonous substance was fentanyl, a synthetic opiate used for anesthesia.

The Russian side demanded access to the investigation file, since Yulia Skripal is a Russian citizen. London refused.

Theresa May said the actions of Moscow were an act of state military aggression against Britain. UK parliament considered the consequences of Prime Minister’s statement, and May gave Moscow until midnight of Tuesday, March 20, to state its version of the events related to the attempted murder of Skripal. The British Parliament has begun to develop measures of "economic pressure" on Russia. The UK also decided to boycott the World Cup in Russia in June 2018.

A day before, the UK decided to deport 23 Russian diplomats and suspend all government contacts at the highest level.

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