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Ambassador denies Russian involvement in Skripal attack in letter to injured policeman

Alexander Yakovenko wished Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey full recovery and praised him for his bravery

LONDON, March 24. /TASS/. Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko has assured Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was injured in the attack on ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, that Moscow has nothing to do with the incident, as is evident from a letter the ambassador wrote to the police officer.

"Please be assured that Russia has nothing to do with this reckless incident and is ready to cooperate with the British authorities with regard to the investigation both bilaterally and through international organizations," the letter reads.

"I wish you full recovery and hope that you will be able to return to your normal life as soon as possible," Yakovenko said.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for your bravery when reacting to the assault on two Russian nationals, Sergei and Yulia Skripal on March 4 in Salisbury, who I hope will get well soon too," the Russian ambassador added.

According to media reports, Detective Sergeant Bailey was one of the first responders who tended to Sergei and Yulia Skripal when they were found unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury so he was also exposed to a toxic agent and had to be taken to the hospital.

On Thursday, the police officer had been discharged from the hospital. Bailey said in a statement that "normal life" for him "will probably never be the same."

Skripal case

On March 4, former Russian military intelligence (GRU) Colonel Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain and exchanged for Russian intelligence officers, and his daughter Yulia suffered the effects of a nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury.

London expelled 23 Russian diplomats and announced other restrictive measures against Moscow. In retaliation to the UK’s steps, 23 British diplomats were expelled, the British consulate general in the city of St. Petersburg was closed and the British Council had to shut down its operations in Russia. At the same time, Moscow pointed out that further measures could be taken "should there be any more hostile actions against Russia.".