Two British Nationals are in critical condition following exposure to the Russian nerve agent Novichok in what appears to be the second such attack in four months.
The couple were hospitalized just outside Salisbury, the same place where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned in March.
Neither of the victims’ identities have been released at this time, and police have restricted access to at least five different areas surrounding the scene where the poisoning took place.
Authorities assure residents that the threat to the public is minimal.
“We can confirm that the man and woman have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, which has been identified as the same nerve agent that contaminated both Yulia and Sergei Skripal. The latest update we have from the hospital is that both patients remain in a critical condition. Both are British nationals and are local to the area.” — Neil Basu, British Metropolitan Police
Following the last such attack, the United Kingdom and its allies, including the U.S., expelled Russian diplomats and closed embassies, bringing tensions with Russia to a boiling point across the world.
As the president prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in just two weeks, it is likely that the U.K. and its allies will expect him to pressure the Russian leader over these attacks.
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