Counter-terrorism police take over Sergei Skripal 'poison' case

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Inquiry stepped up as Boris Johnson warns Russia of ‘robust’ response in spy mystery

The investigation into the possible poisoning of the Russian spy Sergei Skripal gained new momentum on Tuesday, as Scotland Yard announced its counter-terrorism police would take charge, and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, promised a “robust” response if the Kremlin’s role in the case was proved.

Skripal was found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon. The woman discovered next to him has been identified as Skripal’s 33-year-old daughter, Yulia. Both remain critically ill and in intensive care after exposure to an “unknown substance”.

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Alexander Litvinenko had been an officer with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB, but fled to Britain where he became a fierce critic of the Kremlin, and a British citizen.

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