Daughter of ex-Russian spy breaks her silence after near-fatal poisoning

A file photo from Facebook is believed to show Yulia Skripal, the daughter of former Russian soldier and spy for Britain, Sergei Skripal, both of whom were left fighting for their lives after suspected poisoning in Salisbury, England, on March 3, 2018.

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Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her father in a nerve agent attack, says their recovery has been slow and painful, in her first public statement since the poisoning. Skripal and her father Sergei spent weeks hospitalized in critical condition after they were found unconscious in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. Yulia was discharged from a hospital last month, and her father last week.

Britain blames Russia for poisoning them with a nerve agent – a charge Russia vehemently denies.

Yulia Skripal said Wednesday that she wants to return to Russia in the long term, but for the moment doesn’t want to contact the Russian Embassy in the U.K.

Skripal spoke to Reuters on Wednesday at an unspecified location in London. She refused to answer question, but gave a statement.

“I came to the UK on the 3rd of March to visit my father, something I have done regularly in the past. After 20 days in a coma, I woke to the news that we had both been poisoned,” she said.  “I still find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked. We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination. Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful.”

Skripal added: “The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking. I don’t want to describe the details but the clinical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing.”

On Tuesday, Russian state TV interviewed a woman it claims to be Sergei Skripal’s mother.

The Skripals have been taken to an undisclosed location.

Russia’s Channel One on Monday showed an interview with the woman it said was Sergei Skripal’s mother. The woman said she has not talked to her son since he was hospitalized and appealed for British authorities to allow Skripal to give her a call.

Neither the British authorities nor the only known Skripal family member in Russia has ever mentioned that Skripal’s mother was still alive.

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