Poisoned Russian spy 'sought pardon from Putin', says report

They are believed to have been poisoned by the Soviet-engineered Novichok nerve agent.

Commenting on the survey's results, head of VTsIOM's Political Research Department Stepan Lvov stressed that "the majority of Russians do see clear Russophobic motives in the actions of United Kingdom politicians when all of them directly accused our country of the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter". "The United States is considering a range of options to respond to this outrageous incident, both to demonstrate our solidarity with our Ally and to hold Russian Federation accountable for its clear breach of global norms and agreements".

Lvov said, citing experts, that this was one of the factors that had an influence on the increase in voter turnout and Russian President Vladimir Putin's result in the vote earlier in March.

Trump is yet to take a strong stand on Putin on allegations like Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

The attempted assassination of the spy on March 4 in Salisbury is continuing to cause a diplomatic crisis between Russian Federation and Britain.

The Russian side has strongly rejected the accusations and suggested helping in the investigation.

The Kremlin denies receiving a letter from Skripal.

Poisoned Russian double agent Sergei Skripal is said to have had a secret ex-girlfriend in Salisbury who is too afraid to come forward with information.

Russian Federation responded by expelling its own diplomats and shutting down the British Council cultural organization.

Following a hearing in the Court of Protection, where issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions are considered, Mr Justice Williams gave doctors permission to take blood samples from Mr Skripal and his daughter so tests can be carried out by chemical weapons experts.

Members of the fire brigade are helped out of their green biohazard suits after they secured the area where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found, in Salisbury, U.K., on March 8.

European diplomats are getting "optimistic signals" that the USA will expel a "significant number" of Russian diplomats, the source said.

  • Rogelio Becker