The daughter of Sergei Skripal, ex-GRU officer, Yulia, who was poisoned in British Salisbury along with her father, wants to come back to Russia, as she stated in her statement, which she handed over to Reuters.
“Skripal spoke in Russian at a location in London and refused to answer questions. She supplied her own, handwritten translation into English of her statement,” the news agency reports.
Yulia thanked Russian Embassy for the help offered but refused to accept it. She has stressed again that all the previous statements were made on her behalf.
“I wish to address a couple of issues directly and have chosen to interrupt my rehabilitation to make this short statement. I ask that everyone respects the privacy of me and my father. We need time to recover and come to terms with everything that has happened,” Yulia says.
She has also stated that she is still completing her rehab.
“I would like to return to my home country, but in a longer term,” she noted.
Ex-colonel of Russia’s GRU, Chief Intelligence Department, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.
As it was reported earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats due to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, the law enforcers will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason. In return, Russia said it would expel 23 British diplomats as a reaction to Britain’s actions. Russian Foreign Ministry informed in its announcement.
As we reported earlier, more than 20 states have expelled Russian diplomats due to Skripal’s poisoning in Salisbury. Ukraine expelled 13 Russian diplomats, and Russia as a reaction has declared 13 Ukrainian diplomats personae non-gratae.