London denies Moscow access to Sergei Skripal

London denies Moscow access to Sergei Skripal
Sergei Skripal

UK considers the ex-GRU Colonel a British citizen.

London has responded with a refusal to a note by the Russian Foreign Ministry requesting access to ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal poisoned in Salisbury.

“We had requested consular access to S. Skripal with the same note as to his daughter. We have been denied it, since the British side considers him a British citizen,” Interfax reports citing a representative of the Russian Embassy in London.

In turn, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that on Monday, London will submit to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) samples of a poisonous substance used against Skripal.

It was previously reported that the British police were trying to restore the route of Sergei Skripal and his daughter on the day of poisoning, on March 4. In addition, the investigators had a new lead, according to which the poison could have been sprayed over the victims with the help of a mini-drone.

To recall, the relations between Russia and the UK have worsened on the background of the incident. The British side insists that Russian special services are involved in the poisoning of Skripal, in connection with which London decided to expel the Russian diplomatic mission. Moscow took retaliatory measures, giving British ambassadors a week to pack.

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