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Russian embassy in UK shares information about ex-spys’ condition with relatives

The Russian Embassy in the UK shares information about the condition of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said on Wednesday.

A media report said Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in early March in the UK city of Salisbury, with members of their family.

On March 29, the hospital where the Skripals were being treated said that Yulia’s condition improved
rapidly, while her father’s condition was still critical.

The Russian Embassy in London contacted Victoria Skripal, a relative of the victims of the Salisbury incident, saying “our diplomats share with her the information available to the Russian side on the state of health of her relatives, on efforts being made to obtain consular access for them.

“Diplomats also shared information from UK authorities on progress of the investigation,’’ Zakharova told a briefing.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated sharply in March when the UK accused Moscow of orchestrating attack on the Skripals, who were exposed to what UK experts claimed was an A234 nerve agent.

Soon after the incident, the UK announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomatic workers.

More than 25 countries, including the U.S. and many EU member states, collectively expelled over 150 Russian diplomats “in solidarity” with London.

Russia rejected the accusations and offered to assist in the investigation.

Following the mass expulsion of the diplomats, Moscow responded with tit-for-tat measures against the countries that acted against it.


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