Skripal cooperated with Czech special services being Russian intelligence officer
Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent that got poisoned in the British Salisbury in March was on a secret visit to Prague in 2012 helping the Czech counterintelligence to identify Russian spies.
The former spy Sergei Skripal secretly came to the Czech Republic in 2012 to meet special services officers, according to the Czech publication Respekt.
As soon as Skripal settled in the UK, the article claims, he started cooperating with MI6 to expose a network of Russian agents. He contacted special services from partner countries to this end, among which was the Czech Republic.
Respekt notes that Skripal's visit to Prague "was short but valuable for the country", however the Czech special services did meet with Sergei Skripal in Britain later.
Yet, the publication does not link Skripal’s visit to the Czech Republic six years ago with the Salisbury poisoning. According to Respekt’s sources, those contacts have nothing to do with the incident.
It is worth noting that Czech President Miloš Zeman expressed doubt about the Parliament's conclusions that the country did not produce a gas of the Novichok type when speaking in early May 2018 on TV Barrandov’s Week with the President. He told Prime Minister Andrei Babish that Novichok could have never been tested in the Czech Republic if it was not produced in the country.
The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the British city of Salisbury, which aroused a major international diplomatic scandal.
The United Kingdom claims that the Skripals were poisoned with a substance that had been developed as part of a Soviet program called Novichok, while Russia denies any involvement in the incident.
The cadets have been found guilty of an Attempt at Murder by a Group of Persons by Previous Concert and for Mercenary Reasons (part 3 of Art. 30, part 2 of Art. 105 of the Russian Criminal Code). They do not plead guilty.