Former Russian spy who was attacked with a nerve agent released from UK hospital

Source: Washington Examiner | May 18, 2018 | Melissa Quinn

A former Russian spy who was the victim of a nerve agent attack in March in the United Kingdom, was released from the hospital Friday, according to reports.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, England, on March 4. Scientists with the British government later concluded they were exposed to novichok, a military-grade nerve agent.

The Salisbury District Hospital said last month Sergei Skripal was no longer in critical condition.

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Following news that Skripal had been discharged from the hospital, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wishes the former spy “good health” and again cast doubt that Russia was behind the response.

“I think if, as our British colleagues have insisted, a military-grade poison had been used, the man would have died on the spot,” Putin said during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sochi. “A military-grade poison is so powerful that a person dies instantly, or in several seconds, or maybe minutes. Thank God he recovered and that he left [the] hospital. I hope he will stay alive and unharmed.”

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