British security services sent Sergei Skripal to Eastern Europe to share Russian spy secrets, it has been claimed.
The former Russian spy is said to have travelled widely, offering information on Russian espionage to security officers in both Prague and Estonia.
Such briefings were yesterday cited as a possible motive for Russia’s attempt to kill both Col Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, with a powerful nerve agent at their Salisbury home in March.
He met with Czech intelligence officials on several occasions, according to the New York Times.
A visit to Prague in 2012, when he reportedly provided information about Russian espionage methods and the activities of his former colleagues operating in Europe, was described as “beneficial” and his information, although dated, was deemed valuable.
He arrived in the city shortly after his wife, Lyudmila, died.