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Skripal’s health is improving — UK National Health Service

April 16, 21:05 UTC+3 LONDON

Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition

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LONDON, April 16. /TASS/. The health of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal is improving, he remains in the care of Salisbury District Hospital, the UK National Health Service (NHS) said in a statement on Monday.

"The health of this individual is improving and he is no longer in a critical condition," the statement runs.

On March 4, former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergei Skripal, 66, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain and was later swapped for Russian intelligence officers, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, the UK. Police said they had allegedly been exposed to a nerve agent.

London immediately accused Russia of being involved, but failed to produce any evidence. British Prime Minister Theresa May rushed to blame Russia for "unlawful use of force" against her country. She identified the alleged substance used in the attack as the so-called Novichok nerve agent, allegedly developed in the former Soviet Union. Russia has flatly rejected these allegations pointing out that neither the Soviet Union nor Russia had any programs to develop that substance.

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