Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ex-spy’s daughter goes public on ‘shocking’ nerve poison attack

Ex-spy’s daughter goes public on ‘shocking’ nerve poison attack

Yulia Skripal said in her video and written statement she felt lucky to have survived after being a victim of a nerve agent attack and that she would one day like to return home to Russian Federation.

Yulia Skripal and 66-year-old Sergei Skripal spent weeks in critical condition after they were found unconscious at a shopping center in Salisbury, England, on March 4. She signed both documents after making her statement. The embassy still suspects Yulis Skripal is kept in Britain against her will, insisting yet again that the Russian consulate officials should be provided direct access to her. "Also, I want to reiterate what I said in my earlier statement, that no one speaks for me, or for my father but ourselves", she said.

Russian Federation has been accused by Britain of being behind the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The daughter of a former Russian intelligence officer, who later moved to the United Kingdom and had been cooperating with MI6, has underlined that she and her father should be provided privacy and time to recover.

"The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking", Skripal told Reuters in an exclusive statement. "In the longer term I hope to return home to my country", Yulia told the Reuters news agency.

She said she was now making progress, but admitted "my life has now been turned upside-down by the devastating changes thrust upon me, both physically and emotionally". "Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful", she said.

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury along with her father, Russian spy Sergei Skripal, speaks to Reuters in London, on May 23, 2018. He was exchanged in 2010 as part of a spy swap and settled in the UK.

The highly toxic nerve agent was developed in the late Soviet Union in a secret research facility based in the town of Shikhany.

Ex-spy’s daughter goes public on ‘shocking’ nerve poison attack

Ms Skripal, who was attacked on 4 March and left hospital on 9 April, said in a pre-prepared statement filmed by the Reuters news agency at an unspecified location in London: "I still find it hard to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked". Moscow accuses Britain of failing to provide any evidence and stonewalling Russian requests for information.

Yulia said she was grateful for offers of help from the Russian Embassy but "at the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services". However, the video shown only strengthens our concerns as to the conditions in which she is being held.

"We need time to recover and come to terms with everything that has happened", she said.

The Russian Embassy in London issued a statement that said, "We are glad to have seen Yulia Skripal alive and well".

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

"I also think fondly of those who helped us on the street on the day of the attack", she said.

The Russian embassy was the first to question whether Yulia was speaking of her own free will on Wednesday night, but added in a tweet on Thursday: "The bottom line is that MI5 should expect better results from their translators - for 32K/year they should be able to write statements which sound more Russian".

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