March 7, 2018 / 11:58 AM / 4 months ago

UK authorities know more about substance that made Russian ex-spy ill

LONDON (Reuters) - The British authorities know more about a substance which Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal was exposed to before he became critically ill, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Wednesday, adding that police would make a further statement later.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, are both in hospital in a critical condition after being found unconscious on Sunday on a bench near a shopping centre in the southern English city of Salisbury.

“We do know more about the substance and the police will be making a further statement this afternoon in order to share some of that,” Rudd told reporters after chairing a meeting of top ministers to discuss the Skripal incident.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Michael Holden

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