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Poisoned Skripal's daughter recovering, Russia blames UK of fabricating poison attack

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An undated photograph shows Yulia Skripal, daughter of former spy Sergei Skripal, taken from Yulia Skripal’s Facebook account in London, Britain

Yulia Skripal, the victim of the Salisbury poisoning attack against former Russian-British double agent Sergei Skripal, has came to consciousness and issued a statement to British police, while her father remains unconscious in intensive hospital care.

In a statement by Yulia Skripal released by the British police on Thursday, April 5, as quoted by Reuters news agency she noted: «I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily».

Reuters reports that shortly before the statement was made public, Russian state TV and Russian news agency Interfax reported that Yulia had phoned her cousin Viktoria Skripal in Russia, saying she and her father were both recovering and that she expected to leave hospital soon.

In another development, the British defence laboratory looking into the nerve agent stated on Tuesday, April 5, that it could not determine whether the substance came from Russia.

Moscow, which has denied involvement in the poisoning attack, has expressed the view that the incident has been fabricated by the UK.

AFP news agency reports that in a meeting of the UN Security Council Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzia has said: «It’s some sort of theatre of the absurd. Couldn’t you come up with a better fake story? (..) We have told our British colleagues that you’re playing with fire and you’ll be sorry.»

Reportedly, Moscow’s proposal for a joint Russian-British investigation into the Salisbury poisoning attack has not received the necessary support at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons after more than 150 diplomats have been expelled on both sides.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has taken on-site samples in Salisbury, which are being analysed in the Dutch city of The Hague and in four other certified laboratories. The organisation expects to receive the results on the substance used in the attack «by early next week».

Sergei Skripal, the former Russian-British double agent, and his daughter Yulia, were found unconscious in Salisbury, England on March 4 and based on the analysis of the nerve agent found on the crime scene the UK and its many allies bielieve it is highly likely that Russia was involved in the attack.


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