Former Russian agent Sergei Skripal no longer in critical condition - hospital

"We hope that the improvement of Sergei and Yulia Skripal's health will contribute to the investigation of the crime perpetrated against them".

In the phone call recording released by Russian state Rossiya TV, Yulia Skripal said she and her father were both recovering and that her father's health was not irreparably damaged.

Moscow called the UN Security Council meeting to discuss the incident, with foreign minister Sergey Lavrov saying the United Kingdom has "legitimate questions" to answer about what happened.

The British government insists that only Russian Federation had the capability to carry out the attack.

But Britain's United Nations envoy Karen Piece shot back that Russian Federation has 24 theories on who bears responsibility for the poisoning, but the UK has only one -that it's highly likely Russian Federation was responsible.

At a time when the worldwide community faces a plethora of issues, countries must "avoid a cold war mentality and devote their efforts to building mutual respect and win-win cooperation", he added. Some toted pet carriers.


He sarcastically likened the British accusations to the queen from Alice in Wonderland urging "sentence first - verdict afterward". He was convicted and jailed in Russian Federation but released in a swap of intelligence agents in 2010.

Kovalenko also questioned why so many Russian citizens have died "under very mysterious circumstances" in Britain.

Several speakers appealed for cooperation, including China's delegate, who said relevant issues should be addressed within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Glushkov was a friend and employee of Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky, who was found dead at his home near Ascot in 2013 with a scarf around his neck, according to the Evening Standard. "Yesterday's debate in The Hague showed that self-respecting adults don't believe in fairy tales". A British inquiry concluded his murder had probably been ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Give us the evidence... and then present this evidence publicly", Yakovenko said. "We would accept the results of any investigation that would be fair, not the one organized in a fraudulent way". With this, a total of 38 people from Russian Federation have been imposed with economic sanctions, which also includes 17 senior government officials and a state-owned weapons trading company, which Washington D.C. claims that it has "aided Syrian government forces in the country's civil war". Scientists at the U.K.'s Porton Down defense laboratory identified the poison as Novichok but have not pinpointed where it was manufactured.

Information for this article was contributed by Jim Heintz and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow of The Associated Press.

Moscow's ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko said on Thursday Russia had never made Novichok, the Soviet-era nerve agent which British experts say was the toxin used.


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