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Poisoned ex-spy's daughter released from UK hospital

Iran Press TV

Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:40AM

Former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal's daughter, Yulia, has been released from the hospital after surviving a poisoning attack in Salisbury last month.

Officials at the Salisbury District Hospital cleared Yulia Skripal for discharge on Monday before intelligence agents took her to a "secure location," British media reported.

Christine Blanshard, deputy chief executive and medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said both Yulia, 33, and her father, 66, had responded well to treatment in the past five weeks.

They were found slumped on a bench outside a shopping mall in central Salisbury on March 4. British experts said later on that they were poisoned with the Russian nerve agent Novichok, but they were not sure if Moscow was behind the attack.

The British government, however, took the extra step and blamed Russia for the attack, prompting a diplomatic row that saw the two sides expel a number of their diplomats.

Russia has accused the UK of running a "propaganda war" against it over the attack. Moscow says while the nerve agent has a Russian name it is not copyrighted by Russia and many countries, including the UK, have experimented with it.

Skripal and her daughter were contaminated after coming in contact with the deadly agent which is thought to have been smeared on the handle of his front door at his home on the edge of the city.

They spent nearly a month in critical condition but medical authorities expect them both to recover.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said at the end of March that doctors thought Skripals "may never recover fully." She also warned that over 130 people might have been exposed to the nerve agent.

Victoria Skripal, Yulia's cousin, told Sky News that she couldn't reach her not she did know what would come next for the family. However, she confirmed Yulia and his father were both offered British citizenship.

"I think Britain will insist that she claims asylum," she said, adding: "I've tried lots of numbers for her but have had no response."

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