05:45 GMT02 March 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An ex-girlfriend of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal poisoned earlier in March in Salisbury, with whom he had developed a close friendship, is afraid of going to the police to share information about the days before the attack, due to possible consequences, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported Sunday.

    "She is incredibly scared… The police don’t even know she exists. Only a very small number of people know what went on between them and what was said. She does wonder if she should have gone to the police but decided not to, as so few people know she even knew him," a mutual friend of Skripal and the woman was quoted as saying by The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

    The newspaper added that the woman was believed to live in Salisbury and it was not known whether she might have information about the days leading to the attack or noticed any suspicious activity near Skripal's house.

    Skripal and his daughter Yulia have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4, being treated for exposure to what the UK experts say was A234 nerve agent. The UK side claimed it was a Novichok-type nerve agent, which was developed in the Soviet Union.

    READ MORE: Russia Discomforted Over EU Aggression, Volatility Amid Skripal Case — Peskov

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of orchestrating an attack on the former intelligence officer and expelled 23 Russian diplomats as a punitive measure. The Russian side has strongly rejected the accusations and suggested helping in the investigation. However, Moscow's request for samples of the chemical substance used to poison Skripal was denied.

    The Russian side also expelled UK diplomats in response and ordered the British Council to stop its activities in Russia.


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