The former GRU officer Sergei Skripal, who was tied up in last month’s scandal of his alleged poisoning in the British city of Salisbury, has been discharged from hospital, according to the British National Health Service.
“Fantastic news: Sergei Skripal feels well enough to leave the Salisbury hospital,” said hospital manager Kara Charles-Barks.
Where the former GRU officer has left to after his discharge, the message did not indicate. Details of treatment are also not disclosed.
Skripal was treated in this medical facility since the poisoning on March 4, 2018, together with his daughter Julia and police officer Nick Bailey. The police man was discharged on March 22, Julia Skripal – on April 10.
The former colonel of the Russian GRU special services was previously sentenced to 13 years for espionage in favor of Britain and transferred to London in the spy exchange in 2010. In March of this year, the 66-year-old man was found unconscious on a bench in a shopping center along with his 33-year-old daughter.
On Monday, the head of the British security service (MI5), Andrew Parker, warned Russia of further isolation because of the case of the Skripals. However, no evidence has ever been presented to Russia in terms of the “military grade nerve agent” used. The British side insist the gas was Novichok and is only made in Russia. The Russian side has categorically rejected their involvement, but it remains to be said that Novichok would likely kill if it was utilised.
Without a proper and transparent investigation it’s difficult to conclude what substance was truly used in this situation, by whom and with what intentions. The Skripals, as media has previously reported, will likely never be allowed to speak to media about their ordeal. As Presidential aide Dmitry Peskov pointed out, the fact remains that it is Russian citizens who were poisoned in Britain, irrespective of the fact they were working for the British side. International law would indicate that Russia had to be provided with information on the incident, and not the other way around.