Russian embassy requests a meeting with Boris Johnson over Salisbury attack

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Russia's diplomatic mission in Britain believes that a meeting between Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will be organized soon, a Russian embassy spokesman said on Saturday when asked about the current state of cooperation with the British Foreign Office regarding the Salisbury incident.

A British Foreign Office statement confirmed it had received the meeting request and said: "It's over three weeks since we asked Russian Federation to engage constructively and answer a number of questions relating to the attempted assassinations of Skripal and his daughter".

Saturday's Foreign Office statement said: "It's over three weeks since we asked Russian Federation to engage constructively and answer a number of questions relating to the attempted assassinations of Mr Skripal and his daughter".

"It's over three weeks since we asked Russian Federation to engage constructively and answer a number of questions relating to the attempted assassinations of Mr Skripal and his daughter".

With the saga of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter unfolding and London not backing down on claims of Moscow's guilt, the embassy bemoaned the level of communication with the UK Foreign Office.

"In this regard, Yakovenko has sent a personal note to Johnson", the embassy's press service diplomat said.

Russian Federation expert Martin McCauley said a high-level meeting would be a step forward.

Meanwhile Russia yesterday requested an explanations over Britain's refusal to issue a visa to the niece of Sergei Skripal, according to reports from the RIA news agency.

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Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said Skripal, 66, was responding well to treatment.

The Russian embassy said it was "high time" Boris Johnson discussed the spy poisoning case with its ambassador.

However both are no longer in critical condition.

Mr Skripal was jailed by Russian Federation for spying for Britain, but released as part of a spy swap between the U.S. and Russian Federation in 2010.

Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom urged the British authorities at a press conference earlier this week to ensure global experts' participation in the investigation into the incident in Salisbury, where former Russian military intelligence (GRU) Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter were allegedly exposed to a nerve agent.

His daughter Yulia is conscious and talking in hospital.

Two days later, at a UN Security Council meeting, Moscow's UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said Britain's main goal had been "to discredit and even delegitimise" Russian Federation with "unsubstantiated accusations".

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