UK: British govt. holds Cobra emergency meeting over Sergei Skripal incident

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd chaired a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency security committee in London on Wednesday, during which ministers were informed about the suspected poisoning of a Russian former spy and his daughter. Downing Street Press Secretary James Slack, MP Elizabeth Truss and other officials were seen arriving at the Cabinet Office in 70 Whitehall for the meeting... Еще. The Cobra committee met as counterterrorism police investigate the suspected poisoning of 66-year old Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. They were both found slumped on a bench in Salisbury on Sunday. Skripal and his daughter have been treated for «suspected exposure to an unknown substance» and are in a critical condition in intensive care. Skripal was jailed in Russia in 2006 for spying for Britain. He was part of a 'spy swap‘ with the UK in 2010 when Russia released four spies in exchange for 10 Russian agents. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov told journalists on Tuesday that Russia was ready to help British authorities with the investigation. «We see this tragic situation but we don't have information on what could have led to this, what he was engaged in,» he said.

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