Poisoned Russian spy 'sought pardon from Putin'

Friend says Sergei Skripal wrote to Vladimir Putin for pardon and Russia visit

Britain said Russian Federation used a Soviet-era chemical weapon called Novichok to attack Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the first known offensive use of such a weapon on European soil since World War II.

Investigators are removing the bench where poisoned former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found.

Mr Timoshkov said he lost touch with Mr Skripal after they left school, but that he had contacted Yulia when her father was imprisoned for treason.

'In 2012 he called me.

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According to Timoshkov, Skripal did not see himself as a "traitor" because the "oath he had sworn was to his socialist Motherland, the Soviet Union, not Russia". He called me from London.

As for Britain's claims that Moscow was behind the poisoning of the former Russian-UK double agent, the Ambassador wrote "please be assured that Russia has nothing to do with this reckless incident and is ready to cooperate with the British authorities with regard to the investigation both bilaterally and through worldwide organizations".

Moscow's denial of the letter comes as Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom wrote to Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was recovering in hospital after being exposed to novichok whilst investigating the case.

They were both now being treated "on the basis they would wish to be kept alive", the doctor said, according to Williams's ruling at the London's Court of Protection, which makes decisions about the welfare of people who are unable to do so themselves.

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On Friday, EU leaders promised an "unprecedented" diplomatic response to the attack after backing Theresa May's assertion that Moscow was responsible.

Moscow has stepped up its campaign to discredit Theresa May's assertion that it is "highly likely" Russian Federation was responsible for the attack.

Meanwhile, the European Union is recalling its ambassador to Russian Federation for "consultations" on the Salisbury attack.

'His mother, brother and other relatives were (in Russia)'.

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Meanwhile, the 23 British diplomats ordered out of Russian Federation in a tit-for-tat response to the UK's expulsion of 23 of its diplomats have arrived at RAF Brize Norton, the Foreign Office said.

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