UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced on March 14 that 23 Russian diplomats had a week to leave the country, blaming Moscow for Skripal's poisoning. The former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury after being exposed to what UK experts have said was the Russian-developed military-grade nerve agent Novichok.
Russian officials have denied the accusations. Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Moscow was ready to cooperate on the probe but needed to look at the samples of the substance in question.
On March 4, Sergei Skripal, who was accused of espionage on behalf of London and later granted asylum in the United Kingdom after a US-Russia spy exchange, and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury. Both of them remain in critical condition and are being treated for suspected exposure to a nerve agent.
Investigation is underway.
The United Kingdom has accused Moscow of poisoning ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the UK town of Salisbury with what UK experts have claimed was the A234 nerve agent, which had allegedly been produced in the Soviet Union.
The poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, UK on March 4 was quickly blamed on Russia by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, leading to a sharp deterioration in diplomatic ties. Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident and has repeatedly called for a joint investigation.
In a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police Wednesday, Yulia Skripal stated that she is "still suffering with effects of the nerve agent" and that her father, Sergei Skripal, is "still seriously ill."
The Russian Embassy in the UK tweeted a few letters of support, sent by British nationals, amid London's ongoing smear campaign against Moscow over the Skripal case.
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, central to numerous diplomatic gaffes and author of various questionable statements, has expressed on Twitter his delight to the news Yulia Skripal has been discharged from the hospital. The comments to his post, however, appear much less cheerful.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in London said that it had asked the UK Foreign Office for details about the reported interception of a Russian message to Moscow by a UK listening post on the day of the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal in England.
Let’s be frank this lousy Conservative Government is not fit for purpose and it’s a good job that they have the Salisbury Nerve Gas pantomime to divert the UK population’s attention, otherwise, I am sure that people would be taking to the streets.
On April 6 British authorities informed Viktoria Skripal that her application for a UK visa was turned down as she "did not comply with the immigration rules." The decision has been met with harsh criticism from Russian authorities, demanding an explanation.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been awake for a while now, with doctors saying that both are out of critical condition and responding well to treatment despite initial claims to the contrary.
IRKUTSK (Sputnik) - Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said on Sunday that the manner in which the Skripal case was developing hit Russia's role in the international arena and questioned the country's legitimacy.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were allegedly poisoned by an A-234 military grade nerve agent in the British town Salisbury, have both regained consciousness and their health is improving; but at the same time, British officials are not eager to abandon their anti-Russian agenda and are instead going even further.
On Friday, the UK authorities refused to issue a visa for Viktoria Skripal on "the grounds that her application did not comply with the Immigration Rules;" the decision has caused harsh criticism from Russian authorities with the latter urging London to provide explanation.
The British office of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization (PETA UK) has declared that the Skripals' pets, which have been confirmed dead, should have been rescued.
New details revealed this week in the inquiry into the UK poisoning of a Russian ex-spy haven't clarified the situation, but did undermine London's claims of Russian culpability, while highlighting the folly of the British media's speculation-driven reporting. Sputnik recalls the four most absurd details the world learned about the case this week.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that London continues to seek more confirmation of its version about Moscow's involvement in the alleged poisoning of the Skripals, when commenting on media reports claiming that the so-called Novichok nerve gas was produced in Russia's Saratov region.
The British Embassy in Moscow tried to reassure ordinary Russians that they are welcome in the UK despite the diplomatic row over the Skripal case. Russian diplomats in the UK, however, mocked their statement, pointing out that your relatives could hurt your chance to visit the country.
Viktoria Skripal, niece of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, has provided Russian media with a telephone conversation with a woman she says is Yulia Skripal. Sputnik presents a full, unadulterated translation of the conversation. You be the judge on whether or not it is authentic.
Speaking to Sputnik, the former head of the Russian Federal Security Service gave his thoughts on the alleged poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal who is no longer in critical condition, according to Salisbury Hospital.
The diplomatic row over the Skripal case is becoming to look like an angry book club meeting up, as the rivals use more and more fictional analogies to attack the opponents, puzzling social media users .
Moscow will not trust London's data in the Skripal case, "we want to check it, but they don't allow us," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.