Officials from Britain and Russia are still fighting over who exactly poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. But whoever did it, one thing is certain: The cleanup is costing a lot of money and labour as the UK combs through every blade of grass that might have been contaminated.
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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an international watchdog group, has confirmed that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned using a military-grade nerve agent called Novichok. The findings come as Russian officials continue to deny that Russia had anything to do with the poisoning of the former double agent.
Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy living in the UK, is "improving rapidly" after being poisoned by a nerve agent, according to the latest report by his doctors. But Skripal's pets aren't quite as lucky. British authorities say that once a vet was able to visit Skripal's sealed off home, two guinea pigs were found dead and the family's cat was euthanised.
According to the BBC, Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov now says that the nerve agent used in the poisoning of 66-year-old former Russian spy-turned-double-agent Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal in the city of Salisbury, England may have actually came from a nearby British lab.