Russia’s embassy demands meeting with Yulia Skripal

Clay Curtis
May 27, 2018

Ms Skripal, 33, and her father Sergei, a former Russian double agent who now lives in the United Kingdom, were found frothing at the mouth on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March.

The UK responded to the attack, which it blames Russia for, by announcing a number of sanctions including the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats.

"As I try to come to terms with the devastating changes thrust upon me both physically and emotionally, I take one day at a time and want to help care for my dad till his full recovery", she said in a statement to Reuters.

"I still find it hard to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked", she continued.

The Russian foreign minister this morning said the British response to the Salisbury spy attack was "irresponsible" and "not based on evidence".

Yulia was discharged from a local hospital last month, and her father last week.

The 33-year-old told Reuters that her life had been "turned upside down" but she hoped to return to Russian Federation in the future.

She spoke from a secret location in London as she is under the protection of the British state.

Speaking to the news agency, she said she was continuing "to progress with treatment" and her focus remains on her recovery.

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She said she had arrived to visit her father in Salisbury the day before the attack.

The Russian Embassy in London went a step further, tweeting: "The bottom line is that MI5 should expect better results from their translators - for 32K/year (32,000 pounds a year) they should be able to write statements which sound more Russian".

After her video statement, the Russian embassy in London said it was happy to see that Skripal was "in good health". She argued that only the Kremlin and its powerful spy agencies had a reason to target Skripal, who served a prison sentence in Russian Federation after he was caught spying for MI6.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he thought Yulia Skripal was speaking under duress. "We have not seen her or heard from her", he told Reuters.

A number of Russian chemists who worked on the novichok family of nerve agents had said earlier that the poison was so potent the Skripals might not recover and could suffer debilitating consequences for the rest of their lives.

It was the first known use of a military-grade nerve agent on European soil since World War Two. "We don't know if she made these statements of her own free will or if she was pressured, we don't know where she is. and what is being done to her and by whom, to what extent her rights are being upheld, and how legally competent she is".

"Also, I want to reiterate what I said in my earlier statement that no one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves".

"Overall, considering we are talking about a fairly unprecedented worldwide provocation against Russian Federation that was unleashed by Britain and London, we maintain our distrust and have every reason to do so", said Peskov.

"I am grateful to all of the wonderful, kind staff at Salisbury hospital, a place I have become all too familiar with".

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