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May makes Scandinavia trip amid row with Russian Federation over Salisbury attack

May makes Scandinavia trip amid row with Russian Federation over Salisbury attack

POISONING victims Sergei and Yulia Skripal could be given new identities and rehomed in the United States now that both have regained consciousness in hospital.

In a statement Saturday, the embassy said its dealings with the U.K.'s Foreign Office had been "utterly unsatisfactory".

Britain's Foreign Office said it had received the request and would be "responding in due course".

Skripal, 66, who as a colonel in Russian military intelligence betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's foreign spy service, was found slumped unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury along with his daughter Yulia on March 4.

"Now, after failing in their attempts in the United Nations and worldwide chemical weapons watchdog this week and with the victims' condition improving, they seem to be pursuing a different diversionary tactic", it added. Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russian Federation of being involved in the incident. Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the poisoning and retaliated in kind.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson accused Jeremy Corbyn of being "the Kremlin's useful idiot" last night for refusing to blame Russian Federation for the nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Both victims are said to be conscious and ready to help investigators with their inquiries into the nerve agent attack, which the United Kingdom government believes was masterminded by the.

Ministers hope the case against Russian Federation will receive a boost, perhaps as early as this week, from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, which is expected to confirm that the nerve agent was a novichok.

Russian Federation said it would consider any secret resettlement of the Skripals as an abduction of its citizens.

The doctor said no date has been set for the elder Skripal's release from Salisbury District Hospital.

In a short statement issued through police last week, Yulia Skripal said: "I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily".

On Thursday, Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, told the UN Secuirty Council that Britain was "playing with fire" and had invented a "fake story".

The Foreign Office said Russia's response had been "unsatisfactory", as it had been three weeks since Russian Federation was asked to "engage constructively". "He is responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition". Mr Uglev said they would be unlikely to secure absolute proof of Russian involvement from the analysis.

Skripal has been admitted to the Salisbury district hospital and has now been declared as out of danger.


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