Russian snoop attack: Trump supports UK ‘all the way’

US president concurs Moscow must provide answers over poisoning as May prepares reprisals

Donald Trump has given Theresa May his full support for her strategy of confronting Russia over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying he is” with the UK all the way “.

The US president’s backing came in a phone call on Tuesday after he had said earlier that it was conditional on the facts of the case supporting the British prime minister’s instance. Downing Street said Trump had agreed that” the Russian government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used “.

Quick guide

Timeline: the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

1. 30 pm

Police have confirmed that Skripal and his daughter were in Salisbury city centre by 1.30 pm. It is not known if they strolled from his home or whether they drove or were driven in.

Between 1.30 pm and around 4pm

Skripal and his daughter strolled around Salisbury and visited the Zizzi restaurant on Castle Street and the nearby Mill pub. They are believed to have been in Zizzi for about 40 minutes from 2.30 pm.

3. 47 pm

A CCTV camera at Snap Fitness in Market Walk captured two people initially thought to be Skripal and his daughter. The girl appeared to be carrying a red handbag. Afterward it became clear the pair were probably not the Russian and his daughter. Police have been keen to speak to the couple.

4. 03 pm

The same camera caught personal trainer Freya Church. She turned left out of the gym and in front of her foresee Skripal and the woman on a bench at the Maltings shopping centre. She said the woman had passed out and the man was behaving strangely. Church strolled on.

4. 08 pm

Footage that emerged on Friday from a local business goes to show that people were still strolling casually through Market Walk.

Approx 4.15 pm

A member of the public dialled 999. The Friday footage shows situations of emergency vehicle racing through the pedestrianised arcade shortly after 4.15 pm. A paramedic also operated through. Police and paramedics worked on the couple at the scene for almost an hour in ordinary uniforms.

5. 11 pm

The woman was airlifted to hospital; Skripal was taken by road.

5. 13 pm

Images taken by a passerby show that policemen were still clearly unaware of the severity of the situation. They did not have specialist protective attire and members of the public also strolled nearby.

5. 48 pm

Police told Salisbury Journal they were investigating a possible drug-related incident. At about this time officers identified Skripal and his daughter and by Sunday evening they were at his home- in normal uniform or street clothes. At some point DS Nick Bailey , now seriously ill in hospital, visited the Skripal house, but it is not known where he was contaminated.

Approx 8.20 pm

Officers donned protective suits to examine the bench and surrounding areas.

By 9pm

Officers were hosing themselves down. It was not until the next day that a major incident was declared.

Photograph: Ben Stansall/ AFP

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