Yulia Skripal breaks her silence after nerve agent attack

Yulia Skripal breaks her silence after nerve agent attack

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.

In April, she made a similar comment in a statement issued through police.

British authorities have said Russian Federation was responsible for the poisoning that left Skripal, 33, and her father Sergei, 66, in critical condition.

Russia's Channel One on Monday showed an interview with the woman it said was Sergei Skripal's mother.

Britain says the Russian state poisoned the Skripals with a Soviet-designed nerve agent dubbed Novichok that likely was smeared on the door handle of Sergei Skripal's suburban house.

"The text is learned by heart - I mean she doesn't speak emotionally, she says it very quickly", she said.

"We'd like Yulia Skripal to know that not a single day passed without the Foreign Ministry, Russia's Embassy in London trying to reach her with the main objective to make sure she was not held against her will, she was not impersonated by somebody else, to get the first-hand information about her and her father's condition", Maria Zakharova said.

She added: "I take one day at a time and want to help care for my dad till his full recovery".

The March attack on the Skripals led to comparisons with the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence officer who defected to Britain and died in 2006 after being exposed to polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope.

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"I woke to the news that we had both been poisoned", Skripal said in her first media appearance since the poisoning.

The worldwide chemical weapons watchdog has backed up Britain's conclusion that the Skripals were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, but has not determined where it was produced.

Moscow accuses Britain of failing to provide any evidence for its claims and of stonewalling Russian requests for information.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the suspected nerve agent attack, claiming it was "staged" by the British government to fuel discontent with Moscow.

After Reuters published a video of Yulia Skripal's statement, the Russian Embassy in London said it was glad Skripal was "alive and well" but that Russia still had concerns, and believed the text had been written by a native English speaker before being translated into Russian. "I don't want to describe the details, but the physical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing". "I still find it hard to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked in a such a way".

"I'm grateful for the offers of assistance from the Russian Embassy, but at the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services", she said.

"The United Kingdom has a responsibility to give us the opportunity to communicate directly with Yulia to make sure that she is not kept [in the UK] against her will and does not make statements under pressure".

"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. "So far, we have every reason to suspect the opposite".

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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