The ex Russia spy who was poisoned is still alive and recovering rapidly from the attack

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in “critical condition”, according to Dr. Christine Blanshard at the Salisbury District Hospital.

By Prarthana Mitra

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were both victims of a deadly nerve agent attack last month in England, are “no longer in a critical condition”, according to Dr. Christine Blanshard at the Salisbury District Hospital.

A month after the father-daughter duo were found collapsed on a bench outside the Salisbury shopping area, Sergei and Yulia Skripal’s conditions have reportedly shown marked signs of improvement for the first time. Yulia Skripal regained consciousness last week and in her first public statement, asked the media to respect their privacy, thanking all those who sent “messages of goodwill” and were involved in her recovery to a stable condition.

After weeks of no reported change, Skripal’s improvements mark the latest twist in a month-long diplomatic war. However, according to the NHS, there are still uncertainties about Skripals’s long term recovery, as nerve agent attacks are seldom easy to recover from. BBC reports that Skripal’s memory and brain functions may also be impacted due to the attack.

Skripal may be the one to remove all doubt about Russia’s culpability

The nerve agent used to poison the Skripals was later identified as a Soviet -era substance called Novichok. This discovery led the incident spiralling into a massive fallout between Russia and other nations. The UK and the US backed, by other Western allies condemned Russia for orchestrating the attack on English soil. The allegations were dismissed by Moscow as “horrific and unsubstantiated”. The Kremlin claims that the allegations against it are fabrications that aimed at inciting “large-scale political provocation”.

Over the past month, at least 28 countries followed in US’ footsteps and expelled scores of Russian diplomats from foreign soil, in the harshest crackdown on Moscow since the Cold War.

Although the British government claimed that they are “absolutely” sure about Russia’s involvement in the nerve agent attack, Skripal’s recovery may provide the final piece of evidence needed to drive the issue home. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took to Twitter to welcomed the news of Skripal’s improved condition and wished both patients a “quick return to full health.”

According to BBC, Skripal’s recovery means that there are now two individuals at the heart of this incident who can likely provide insight into the incident The US and its allied nations from the European Union are thus banking heavily on Skripal’s recovery, with the hope that he will provide vital clues regarding the poison attack. Only time will tell if his testimony will drive the final nail in the coffin for London and Kremlin’s diplomatic relations.

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