Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Julia, were found unconscious Sunday in Salisbury, central England, by the effect of an unknown substance.

The English boycott of the World Cup in Russia, which will begin this June, is one of the retaliatory measures considered by the British Government if it is verified the Russian involvement in the alleged poisoning of a Russian ex-spy.
The daily “Daily Mirror” points out that it is even being studied that the British royal family does not go as a British representation to the football championship, after the ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Julia, were found unconscious Sunday in Salisbury, center of England, by the effect of an unknown substance.
The Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, has already warned that the United Kingdom will respond firmly if it is proven that the Russian authorities tried to assassinate Skripal, who was a double agent for many years and worked for British intelligence.
“I think it will be difficult to see how the representation of the United Kingdom can be maintained in the World Cup,” Johnson said in parliament, referring to the United Kingdom considering all possible measures as retaliation.
In previous tournaments, Prince William, second in the line of succession to the British crown and who is president of the English Football Federation, has represented his country. Neither the palace of Buckingham, official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, nor that of Kensington, where the Duke of Cambridge lives, have wanted to comment on whether there are plans for the prince to attend the World Cup in Russia.
The British Police investigates the mysterious case of exespía and also the origin of the substance that caused the intoxication. This ex-spy, according to the media, was a former colonel of Russian military espionage, sentenced in 2006 to 13 years in prison for high treason after being prosecuted for having collaborated for years with the British intelligence services MI6.
In 2010 he was released in an exchange of Russian spies expelled from the United States, a swap that took place on a runway at the Vienna airport, in what was once one of the most notorious since the Cold War era. Skripal was taken to the United Kingdom, where he settled in Salisbury, a city known for its cathedral and where the former lived a seemingly quiet life.

 

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