The British law enforcers believe that rain which watered down Novichok nerve agent saved Sergei and Julia Skripal’s lives, as The Sun reported referring to a high-ranking source in British defense agency.
“The truth is we got very lucky. If it wasn’t for the rain, Skripal would certainly have died, and probably Julia too,” the source told.
It was also reported that the perpetrators spread Novichok nerve-agent on the front door handle “to infect him with it by touch”.
“But minutes before he arrived home with daughter Yulia on March 4, a sudden downpour diluted its potency,” The Sun reports.
The source added that Novichok is sensitive to moisture and loses its potency with contact to water or “prolonged exposure to the air”.
Ex-colonel of Russia’s GRU, Chief Intelligence Department, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.
As it was reported earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats due to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, the law enforcers will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason. In return, Russia said it would expel 23 British diplomats as a reaction to Britain’s actions. Russian Foreign Ministry informed in its announcement.
As we reported earlier, more than 20 states have expelled Russian diplomats due to Skripal’s poisoning in Salisbury. Ukraine expelled 13 Russian diplomats, and Russia as a reaction has declared 13 Ukrainian diplomats personae non-gratae.