The nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was delivered 'in a liquid form'

Jack Taylor/GettyAn investigator in protective suit near where the Skripals collapsed.
  • Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned after being exposed to a small amount of nerve agent in liquid form, the UK government has said.
  • They came into direct contact with the poison.
  • It’s still not clear when or where this took place.

The nerve agent used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter was delivered “in a liquid form,” the British government has said.

Authorities from Britain’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs made the statement at a news briefing on Tuesday morning.

A spokeswoman confirmed the remarks to Business Insider, and added that the former spy and his daughter were poisoned after coming into “direct contact” with a small amount of the poison. It’s still not clear when or where this took place.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal collapsed last month after being exposed to Novichok nerve agent, which Britain has accused Russia of manufacturing.

Very few details have been announced thus far about the exact mechanism of the poisoning. Britain’s Metropolitan Police believe the poison was applied to the handle of the Skripals’ door, which is consistent with being a liquid.

Yulia was discharged from hospital last week. Her father remains in hospital, where doctors say he is recovering slowly.

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