Kremlin denies claim Sergei Skripal asked Putin for pardon

Salisbury attack

The inspectors arrived in the United Kingdom earlier this week and will now collect fresh blood samples from the Skripals in order to conduct their own analysis about the use of nerve agents and confirm the results of tests already undertaken by United Kingdom experts from Porton Down.

Bailey was among the four officers, who reacted to the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal after they were discovered slumped on a bench in Salisbury on March 4; the policeman was hospitalized shortly after making contact with the victims.

A military-grade nerve toxin attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have left them with compromised mental capacity and it is unclear whether they will recover, a British judge says.

Russian Federation remained defiant and its ambassador to London, Vladimir Yakovenko, said on Thursday that, had Novichok been used, the Skripals would have died.

The bloc is recalling its ambassador to Russian Federation for "consultations" on the Salisbury attack.

He was sentenced to 13 years in a high-security prison in August 2006, before being freed in the 2010 deal which saw 10 Russian sleeper agents expelled from the US.

The 66-year-old Skripal was accused of working for MI6 over several years, in particular disclosing the names of several dozen Russian agents working in Europe.

According to his friend Timoshkov, who he had known since school, Skripal did not see himself as a traitor as he had sworn an oath to the Soviet Union. "His classmates felt he had betrayed the Motherland", he said.

Members of the fire brigade are helped out of their green biohazard suits after they secured the area where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found, in Salisbury, U.K., on March 8. We spoke for about half an hour.

"The UK, Germany and France confirmed that there is no other plausible explanation, except that liability (for poisoning Skripal - ed.) is with Russian Federation".

Alexander Yakovenko also wrote to Detective Sergeant Bailey, who has said his experience was "completely surreal".



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