11 April 2018Hot off the Press
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Yulia Skripal, the daughter of a former Russian spy poisoned in a nerve agent attack in England last month, has been discharged from hospital and is being held in a secure location, according to the BBC.
Salisbury District Hospital Medical Director, Dr Christine Blanchard, told reporters that while her treatment is not complete, she has reached a signficant milestone in her recovery.
Sergei Skripal, her 66-year-old father, is “recovering more slowly than Yulia” but is stable and will be discharged “in due course”.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused the Russian Government of being behind the attack, but Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement and offered to assist in the investigation.
The UK has refused Russian consular access to Ms Skripal despite her being a Russian citizen.
We congratulate Yulia Skripal on her recovery. Yet we need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will.
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) April 10, 2018
Tensions have soared between the UK and Russia after British authorities identified the substance used in the attack as a military grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s, prompting Ms May to blame the Russian state and expel 23 diplomats.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has since said there is irrefutable evidence the nerve agent was produced in Russia, a claim echoed by the Foreign Office.
However, it was revealed to be untrue after the Foreign Office deleted a tweet claiming the origin of the nerve agent had been confirmed.
British Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Mr Johnson of “completely exceeding the information he had been given”.
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) April 4, 2018