Chemical arms watchdog confirms UK findings on Russian-made nerve agent

The Russian Embassy in London said it would be'another gross violation of international law if the Skripals were sent abroad with new identities

Chemical arms watchdog confirms UK findings on Russian-made nerve agent

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said there was no doubt Russia was responsible for the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal after a chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Britain's analysis of the nerve agent used.

Yulia Skripal, 33, left the hospital Monday and - as NPR's Scott Neuman and Peter Kenyon noted earlier Thursday - has turned down help from the Russian Embassy in the U.K. Her 66-year-old father remains hospitalized, though hospital officials announced last week that he too is "improving rapidly".

She added that she would have more to say later, but until then,"no-one speaks for me, or for my father".

It has now been more than five weeks since she and her father were found slumped on a bench in central Salisbury on 4 March after they were poisoned, prompting worldwide condemnation of Russian Federation for its alleged involvement.

"This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone", said Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director of Salisbury District Hospital.

Reuters reported that she was declining an offer of assistance from the Russian Embassy.

Based partly on this high purity, the United Kingdom has concluded that only a state actor could have carried out the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Georgy Kalamanov, Russia's deputy minister of industry and trade, told Interfax news agency Thursday it's impossible to pinpoint the agent's origin and reaffirmed Moscow's demand for a probe that would involve Russia.

Chemical weapons body backs United Kingdom over nerve-agent attack on spy
A spokesperson from the Russian Embassy in London described Yulia Skripal's statement as "an interesting read". She lives in Russian Federation but was visiting her father in Britain when they were poisoned.

After Ms Skripal's release from hospital, the Russian embassy said: "We need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will".

"At the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services, but, if I change my mind I know how to contact them".

Russia has accused Britain of trying to drum up anti-Russian sentiment, suggested the British might have carried out the attack themselves.

Russia says it had no role in the attack and has demanded consular access to Ms Skripal, who has Russian nationality.

If she is well enough, she is likely to be extensively questioned by British security officials and police about her recollection of events leading up to her poisoning.

"Fleming, a former agent in Britain's MI5 domestic spy service, said the robust response from Britain and its Western allies, which led to both side expelling scores of diplomats, showed the Kremlin that "illegal acts" had consequences".

"We invited the OPCW to test these samples to ensure strict adherence to global chemical weapons protocols". Russian Federation vehemently denies any involvement and has responded by expelling the same number of diplomats.

Skripal thanked Viktoria for her concern and asked her to "not visit me or try to contact me for the time being". "If British authorities are interested in assuring the public that this is not the case, they must urgently provide tangible evidence that Yulia is all right and not deprived of her freedom".

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