She contacted Reuters through the British police. Skripal was speaking from a secret location in London as she is under the protection of the British state. She was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital about five weeks after the poisoning and has not been seen by the media until now. Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful," she said in her written English statement.
Yulia Skripal Says She Wants to Return to Russia in First Appearance After Poisoning
Yulia Skripal: I want to return home to Russia - The National
Despite the UK placing the blame for the Salisbury spy poisoning on Russia, Yulia says she hopes to one day return to her home country. The year-old survived the assassination attempt alongside her father, Sergei Skripal, despite being in a coma for 20 days. Yulia and Mr Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain as an MI6 foreign spy, were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury on March 4. Skripal spoke in Russian and supplied a statement that she said she had written herself in both Russian and English. She signed both documents after making her statement but declined to answer any questions after speaking on camera.
As cops name two wanted men , here's what we know about her and the latest in the hunt for the assassins. Her father was jailed in after being convicted of selling secrets to MI6. Two years later she moved to London — the same year her dad came to the UK after he was freed in a prisoner spy swap.
They spent weeks hospitalized in critical condition after they were found unconscious in the English city of Salisbury 90 miles southwest of London on March 4. Britain blames Russia for poisoning the Skripals with a military-grade nerve agent — a charge Russia vehemently denies. The incident has sparked a Cold War-style diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both sides. But the Russian Embassy in London said it remained concerned that Skripal was being held against her will.