The former Russian spy and his daughter poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in Britain earlier this month have a slim chance of surviving, a relative said.
Viktoria Skripal, the niece of 66-year-old Sergei Skripal, told the BBC that the prognosis for her uncle and her cousin, Yulia, “really isn’t good” following the attack by a Soviet-developed nerve agent called novichok on March 4 in Salisbury.
“Out of 99 percent, I have maybe 1 percent hope,” she said. “Whatever [nerve agent] was used, it has given them a very small chance of survival. But they’re going to be invalids for the rest of their lives.”
The Skripals remain hospitalized and in critical condition after they were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury. A police officer exposed to the substance during the investigation was hospitalized and released last week.
Countries across the world have joined the U.K. in blaming Russia for the attack. Many, including the United States, have taken diplomatic action against the Kremlin. At least 21 countries have expelled more than 135 Russian diplomats they suspect of being spies.
“Together we have sent a message that we will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to flout international law and undermine our values,” British Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament.
Russia has adamantly denied any involvement in the nerve agent attack.
“This is an attempt on the lives of Russian citizens on the territory of Great Britain,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. “It goes without saying that this unfriendly move by this group of countries will not go unnoticed.”
On Monday, May said the Skripals may never recover from the attack, saying “their condition is unlikely change in the near future, and they may never recover fully.”
“This shows the utterly barbaric nature of this act, and the dangers that hundreds of innocent citizens in Salisbury could have faced,” she said. “We assess that more than 130 people in Salisbury could have been potentially exposed to this nerve agent.”
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SOURCE: Fox News, Lucia Suarez Sang