Poisoned ex-Russian spy, daughter may go into US protection

Poisoned ex-Russian spy, daughter may go into US protection

Former Russian spies Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yula reportedly will get new names — and start new lives in the US.

The Sunday Times of London said MI6 is working out arrangements with the CIA to make sure the two are not attacked again.

On March 2, they both were exposed to a deadly nerve agent novichok — which was developed by Russian scientists during the Cold War.

The attack happened in the English town of Salisbury.

They’re both now conscious and are expected to be interviewed by officials probing the attempted murder.

Although Sergei, 66, and 33-year-old Yula are no longer in critical condition, they’re expected to suffer life-long problems requiring “ongoing medical care,’’ the newspaper added.

The report noted that Britain wants them to resettle in one of the so-called “five eyes’’ countries. Besides Britain and the US, they are Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“The obvious place to resettle them is in America, because they’re less likely to be killed there and it’s easier to protect them there under a new identity,” an intelligence source told the newspaper.

“There’s a preference for them to be resettled in a five-eyes nation because their case would have huge security implications.”

The chemical attack — for which Russia denies responsibilityoutraged the US and nations of the European Union. It led to the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats from the US.

The Russians, in retaliation, gave the heave-ho to the same number of American diplomats.

Similar expulsions were announced by several US allies — which were then hit by the same tit-for-tat actions from Moscow.

The report also quotes Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson describing opposition leader Jeremy Corbin as “the Kremlin’s useful idiot,’’ in part because he refused to say “the Russian state was responsible.’’


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