Poisoned Russian ex-spy Skripal discharged from United Kingdom hospital

Poisoned Russian ex-spy Skripal discharged from United Kingdom hospital

The Skripals were found unresponsive on a park bench on March 4, 2018, after the two were exposed to the A-234 nerve agent in Salisbury, UK.

On Friday morning, the hospital confirmed that Mr Skripal had left the hospital, following his daughter's discharge on April 10.

"However, treating people who are so acutely unwell, having been poisoned by nerve agents, requires stabilising them, keeping them alive until their bodies could produce more enzymes to replace those that had been poisoned", a hospital representative said.

Ms. Skripal was released from the hospital last month.

They were taken to Salisbury District Hospital's intensive care unit, where they were stabilised after being exposed to Novichok.

The Skripals were poisoned with a dose of liquid nerve agent as high as 100 grams, the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said earlier this month.

DS Nick Bailey - the police officer who first attended the Skripals on the day of the poisoning - was also treated for exposure to the nerve agent, but has since been discharged.

Supporting Britain, NATO and the European Union have both condemned the attack. She issued a statement saying she was still suffering from effects of the nerve agent and requested privacy to aid in her continued recovery.

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Britain and worldwide chemicals weapons inspectors say the Skripals were poisoned with Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

The poisoning sparked a diplomatic crisis that saw Russian Federation and the West expelling dozens of diplomats in tit-for-tat moves.

Following Skripal's release, the Metropolitan Police said it was making "good progress" in the case.

"This is a complex investigation and detectives continue to gather and piece together all the evidence to establish the full facts and circumstances behind this awful attack", a statement released Friday read.

"In the interests of Sergei and Yulia's safety, we will not be discussing any protective or security arrangements that are in place".

Before the exchange, he had been serving a 13-year prison term for leaking information to British intelligence.

The row seriously inflamed tensions and led to the expulsions of numerous diplomats from Russia, Britain and the United States.

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