Yulia Skripal Speaks For The First Time Since Poisoning In Salisbury

The daughter of the ex-Russian spy who was poisoned with a nerve agent in March is conscious - and has released her first statement on the 'disorientating' incident. Here's what she said.

Yulia Skripal poisoning statement

by Jenn Selby |
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Imagine waking up to find out that not only have you been under 24-hour surveillance in hospital in a critical condition for weeks, but also that you’re at the centre of an international diplomatic storm?

All Yulia Skripal, 33, expected to do that day was have a cheap Italian meal out with her dad in Wiltshire.

Not that her dad was any ordinary employee. Sergei Skripal, and ex-Russian spy, was believed to have begun freelancing as a private investigator before he was poisoned with nerve agent novichok in March.

The UK government believe that the Kremlin was behind the attack – something Russian officials in Moscow strenuously deny. Since then, there’s been a tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats between the nations, and western nations who ousted Russian officials in solidarity with Britain.

Sergei, 66, remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital. However Yulia has since woken up.

This is what she had to say in her first – no doubt pretty confusing – first statement, made to the London Metropolitan Police:

‘I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily. I am grateful for the interest in me and for the many messages of goodwill that I have received.

‘I have many people to thank for my recovery and would especially like to mention the people of Salisbury that came to my aid when my father and I were incapacitated. Further than that, I would like to thank the staff at Salisbury District Hospital for their care and professionalism.

‘I am sure you appreciate that the entire episode is somewhat disorientating, and I hope that you’ll respect my privacy and that of my family during the period of my convalescence.’

Her first statement since the poisoning was released hours after Russia TV aired a recording of an alleged phone conversation it claims took place between Yulia and her cousin, Viktoria.

They allege that she told Viktoria: 'Everything is ok. He [her father] is resting now, having a sleep. Everyone's health is fine, there are no irreparable things. I will be discharged soon. Everything is ok.'

Wait until she finds out about that Russian interview.

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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