Russia’s ambassador to the UK has requested a meeting with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss a “whole range of bilateral issues,” as well as the poisoning of the ex-Russian double agent and his daughter in Salisbury. “We have received a request,” a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said. “We will be responding in due course.”







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Russia’s embassy in London has requested a meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed receiving the request on Saturday.  

Russia’s move signals a possible breakthrough in the current relations between the two countries, which have suffered since the incident. “We have received a request,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Office said. “We will be responding in due course.”

In a statement on Saturday, the Russian embassy in London called its interaction with the UK Foreign Office “utterly unsatisfactory,” and urged British officials to accept the offer. “We believe that it is high time to arrange a meeting between Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in order to discuss the whole range of bilateral issues, as well as the investigation of the Salisbury incident,” read the statement. “We hope that the British side will engage constructively and that such meeting is arranged shortly.”

As previously reported by JOL, the condition Sergei and Yulia Skripal has significantly improved over the weekend and is now considered stable. Meanwhile, UK police and counter-terrorism detectives continue to investigate the incident. “Officers investigating the attempted murders of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are continuing to focus their inquiries around the Skripals’ home address,” local police said in a statement.