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‘They’re nonetheless at Porton Down’: Skripal’s niece doesn’t belief reviews of poisoned ex-spy & daughter transferring to New Zealand

‘They’re still at Porton Down’: Skripal’s niece doesn’t trust reports of poisoned ex-spy & daughter moving to New Zealand


The Sunday Occasions reviews that former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter have moved to New Zealand beneath new identities. Nevertheless, his niece in Russia believes it’s all a distraction and that they’re nonetheless within the UK.

The whereabouts of Sergei and Yulia Skripal have remained unknown since they have been discharged from hospital after surviving a poisoning by a poisonous chemical, which the UK authorities branded Novichok, in Salisbury in March 2018.

An unnamed senior British authorities official has confirmed to the Sunday Occasions that the daddy and daughter on the coronary heart of one of many greatest scandals between London and Moscow have spent greater than a 12 months in an MI6 protected home earlier than being given new identities and moved to New Zealand in order that they might begin a brand new life there.

Nevertheless, the ex-double agent’s niece, Viktoria Skripal, who lives in Russia, mentioned that she didn’t belief the report in any respect.

“I do know nothing about this. And I don’t consider it,” she insisted, recalling that it’s not the primary time that the potential for the Skripals transferring to a different nation is talked about.

I feel they’re nonetheless at Porton Down. It’s cheaper for the UK authorities to maintain them there than in New Zealand.

The report about their transfer to the opposite facet of the world “is only a distraction,” she added. Viktoria additionally alleged that after the poisoning Sergei and Yulia are in want of particular medical supervision, which may solely be supplied to them at Porton Down – some of the secretive British navy analysis amenities, situated simply outdoors Salisbury.

Moscow instructed that the chemical that nearly killed the Skripals might’ve been leaked from that very laboratory. London has repeatedly acknowledged that Russia was “extremely possible” behind the assault on its former intelligence officer, who equipped secret information to the UK for years.

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The Russian facet denies any involvement and insists that two years after the incident, Britain has but to supply any convincing proof to again up its accusations, whereas refusing Russia’s provide of a joint investigation and denying the nation’s diplomats entry to the Skripals, who stay Russian residents.

The UK authorities have additionally proven photographs of two males in Salisbury who they mentioned have been brokers of the GRU (Russian international intelligence company). Moscow countered that the allegation doesn’t match the information and that London was attempting to make use of the Skripal saga to justify inserting extra sanctions on Russia.

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