>> Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy poisoned by a nerve agent in Britain in March has been discharged from a hospital. The 66 year old was found collapsed on a bench on March 4th in the Southern English City of Salisbury, along with his daughter. Yulia was discharged from a hospital there last month.
The Skripals were in critical condition for weeks and it was feared that they might have suffered brain damage. Britain and international chemical weapons inspectors have said the pair were poisoned with Novichok. That's a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and '80s.
Brittain has accused Russia of being behind the attack, and western governments including the United States have expelled over 100 Russian diplomats. Russia retaliated in kind. The poisoning of the Skripals was the first known offensive use of a chemical weapon on European soil since World War II. Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning and has even suggested Britain carried out the attack itself to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.