It was reported that Skripal did not consider himself a traitor, as, according to Tymoshkov, the "oath he had sworn was to his socialist Motherland, the Soviet Union, not Russia".
Tymoshkov also said that Skripal sent a letter to Russia’s President Putin with a request of “complete forgiveness” and a possibility to come back home. He wanted to meet his mother, his brother and other relatives in Russia. As to BBC, the Kremlin did not confirm that Skripal had sent a letter.
As we reported earlier, Skripal, ex-GRU officer, was poisoned in British Salisbury on March 4. Later, Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, stated that Russia was responsible for that, and the investigation confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent, produced in Russia.
Great Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the country as a reaction to the incident in Salisbury. Later, the Europen Union decided to withdraw its ambassador from Russia. Russian Foreign Ministry regards May's accusations on Skripal's case a provocation.