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British police hunt poisoning culprit

SEVERE CONDITION:A senior unnamed government official said of former double-agent Sergei Skripal that ‘the feeling is that he is not going to make it out of this’

AFP, LONDON

“Your memory of that afternoon and your movements alone could help us with missing pieces of the investigation,” he said.

The Times reported that police are probing whether Yulia Skripal, who arrived in Britain from Moscow last week with “gifts from friends,” might have inadvertently brought the nerve agent into the nation.

The paper previously said investigators would also examine the 2012 death of Sergei Skripal’s wife from cancer and that of his 44-year-old son last year in St Petersburg, reportedly from liver problems.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was updated on the case at a meeting of her national security council on Tuesday, but has declined to publicly comment on the ongoing investigation.

However, she confirmed the government might consider a boycott by British officials and dignitaries of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia if it were found to have been involved.

The possible boycott — which would not include the players — was first raised by Johnson on Tuesday, when he told lawmakers that he was not pointing fingers for Sergei Skripal’s collapse, but made several references to Russia.

He warned Britain would respond “appropriately and robustly” if a government was found to be responsible.

British media outlets on Wednesday reported that Prince William would now not attend this summer’s World Cup in Russia, citing royal sources.

The prince has attended recent tournaments in his role as president of the Football Association.

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