Skripals Could Be Relocated Under New Identities

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Former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, could be offered to move to the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand,

The reason that only these four countries are chosen is because the United Kingdom shares intelligence with them and vice-versa.

The Secret Intelligence Service of the U.K. or MI6 say that this will save them from new attacks. They have already already held talks with the CIA about Skripals’ future. There are growing concerns about Yulia Skripal’s safety, should she return home. Sergei Skripal has already been living in Britain since 2010 after being released in a prisoner swap.

Yulia and Sergei Skripal are no longer in critical conditon. Both victims are said to be conscious and ready to help investigators with their inquiries into the nerve agent attack, which they believe was spearheaded by Russia. However, both the father and daughter will continue to need medical support for a while.

Yulia Skripal, a Russian citizen, rejected the offer of the Russian embassy for consular support.

For Britain to help the pair, a senior police officer is expected to issue the Skripals with a so-called “Osman warning,” a formal notification that intelligence suggests that there is a real and immediate “threat to life.” They could be placed in a witness protection program.

On March 4, 2018, Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench, at the Salisbury shopping mall in England. Investigators found that they were poisoned by the neuroparalytic substance, Novichok, which was developed in Russia.

Britain later expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the country. On March 26, more than 20 countries announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to the attack and as a sign of solidarity with Britain.  Russia expelled diplomats from around 23 countries as a tit-for-tat response.