Russia–United Kingdom relations
Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Britain last month along with her father, a former Russian spy, has said she did not wish to take up the offer of assistance from the Russian embassy in London.
Britain is considering offering poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia new identities and a fresh life in the United States in an attempt to protect them from further murder attempts, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on April 2 suggested that the poisoning of a former double agent could benefit the British government by distracting attention from problems around Brexit.
Russian diplomats expelled from the United States arrived in Moscow on April 1, with post-Cold War tensions peaking in the wake of a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone call on Wednesday to work together to counter Russia, the British minister's office said.
"The Chancellor and Prime Minister both agreed on the need to continue to work together to counter increased Russian aggression," the press release read.