The condition of former spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia who were targeted by a Novichok nerve agent last month significantly improved on Friday, according to medical staff. Meanwhile, the UK counter-terrorism police continues to investigate the attempted murder.

Yulia Skripal

Yulia Skripal Photo Credit: Facebook/Yulia Skripal

Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition and is “improving rapidly,” his doctors said in a statement on Friday. Skripal has been hospitalized along with his daughter Yulia ever since the two were targeted with a lethal nerve agent in Salisbury last month.

The condition of Yulia Skripal has also significantly improved and her condition was described as stable. The attempted murder of the Skripals had triggered a diplomatic crisis between the UK and Russia, which was widely accused of carrying out the attack, and resulted in the mutual expulsion of diplomats from both countries.

Meanwhile, UK police and counter-terrorism detectives are still investigating the controversial incident. “Officers investigating the attempted murders of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are continuing to focus their inquiries around the Skripals’ home address,” local police said in a statement several days ago. “As a precautionary measure, they have this afternoon placed a cordon around a children’s play area at Montgomery Gardens, near the Skripals’ home.”

As previously reported by JOL, Russia called an emergency meeting for members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, submitting a proposal for a joint investigation into the poisoning of the Russian ex-spy. In response, Britain’s mission to the UN has called Russia’s proposal a “perverse” attempt to alter the results of the investigation, and the US and European nations voted against the plan.