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Sergei Skripal, 66, who is reported to be critically ill, was granted refuge in the U.K. following a spy exchange between the U.S. and Russia in 2010.
A man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s were found unconscious in the Maltings shopping center on Sunday afternoon, according to a police statement.
“The pair […] are currently being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance,” and “both are currently in a critical condition in intensive care,” according to a police statement.
Craige Holden from the local police force said: “Because we are still at the very early stages of the investigation, we are unable to ascertain whether or not a crime has taken place.”
“A major incident has been declared today and a multi-agency response has been coordinated,” he said.
“Alongside our partner agencies, we are conducting some extensive enquiries to determine exactly what led to these two people falling unconscious and clarify whether or not any criminal activity has happened.”
Skripal was convicted of "high treason in the form of espionage" by a Moscow military court in 2006. He was sentenced to imprisonment for 13 years.
He is one of four Russians exchanged for 10 “sleeper” agents planted by Moscow in the U.S.Holden said the incident in Salisbury "has not been declared as a CT (counterterrorism) incident and we would urge people not to speculate.”
Monday's unexplained incident is reminiscent of the poisoning of former KGB agent, Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko by a radioactive substance in 2006.
Litvinenko died at the hospital shortly after taking polonium-210 while drinking tea in a central London hotel.
His family believes he was working for British intelligence services at the time and was killed by Russian secret agents.
Former KGB bodyguard Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun have been identified as the prime suspects, however both have denied any involvement.
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Also suspended were the accounts of its parent organization, Strategic Communication Laboratories, as well as those of University of Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan and Christopher Wylie, who runs Eunoia Technologies.
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"There were seven people aboard, they are all believed to be dead," the official said, adding they were US service members.
A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a fall.
The alliance is "dealing with the issue around this and in cyber and working to define an understanding of what would be a trigger for Article 5," General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, told a US Senate committee.
Speaking to reporters as he returned from a trip to Oman, Afghanistan and Bahrain, Mattis said officials he met with had expressed frequent concerns about Iranian behavior.
The newspaper said that Trump is discussing potential replacements for McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready.
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