Nerve agent victim Yulia Skripal: My life is now 'totally different'

Nerve agent victim Yulia Skripal: My life is now 'totally different'

Yulia Skripal says she does not wish to take up the offer of services from the Russian embassy in London.

After a month of rumours and an escalating diplomatic row over the shocking poisoning of a father and daughter in the quiet town of Salisbury, one of the victims, Yulia Skirpal, has finally been released from hospital.

Skripal said she is feeling safe and better but is not strong enough to give an interview to the press.

"I want to stress that no one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves", Yulia said her statement, in which she also asked Viktoria not to visit her or seek contact.

"You've heard it said, and I'll repeat, the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, was the first time a nerve agent had been deployed in Europe since the Second World War", Fleming told a cyber conference in Manchester, northern England.

Samples tested by the OPCW "confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical", according to a summary of the Hague-based group's report released in London.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Moscow would not believe any conclusions about the poisoning unless Russian scientists were given access to the OPCW's investigation and British information.

He said it included investigating ways of delivering nerve agents by applying them to door handles.

"We have suspicions that she's been abducted, held against her will".

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In a published summary, the OPCW did not name Novichok, the type of nerve agent previously cited by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

He also said Russia could not be sure about the authenticity of a statement issued by Yulia Skripal on Wednesday in which she declined the offer of help from the Russian embassy.

Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer who became a British mole, had been swapped for the "Anna Chapman" spy ring in the US; Russia also added three other Russian turncoats, including the man who blew Chapman's cover.

In a statement released by the Metropolitan Police, Skripal said she finds her life "totally different" following the March 4 attack on her and her father, Sergei Skripal, 66.

The UK government says Russian Federation was behind the poisoning, which has led to a diplomatic crisis between Moscow and the West.

In a statement, a spokesman said: "We congratulate Yulia on her recovery".

In a letter to Nato, Sir Mark Sedwill also said Russian Federation trained "special units" to use nerve agents, including applying them to door handles.

Viktoria had been quoted widely in the Russian media following a phone conversation she claimed to have had with Yulia from hospital last week.

Sedwill also said that Russian Federation has tested means of delivering chemical agents "including by application to door handles", pointing out that the highest concentration of the chemical found after the attack was on Skripal's front door handle.

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