Last updated: The Russian Embassy in London found the speech of Skripal prepared in advance and written by the native English speaker.
33-year-old Yulia Skripal, poisoned with 66-year-old father, former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, gave Reuters the first interview after the incident. She was discharged from Salisbury Hospital on April 10, and on May 18th.
Skripal said that she was shocked by poisoning with the help of nerve gas, and also that in recent months her life “turned upside down.” She was poisoned in early March and lay in a coma for more than 20 days. Now the girl is under the protection of the British police and gave interviews from a classified place.
I’m trying to understand the devastating changes that have touched me both physically and emotionally, I’m better every day and I want to help my father recover completely. In the future, I hope to return home to my country.
“We were very fortunate that we both survived this assassination,” explained Skripal. According to her, she is grateful to the Russian embassy for offering assistance, but now “does not want to use it”.
I am grateful to all the wonderful and kind staff of the hospital in Salisbury, a place that I now know very well. I also love those who helped us on the street on the day of the attack.
Updated at 22:30: The Russian Embassy in London commented on the statement of Skripal. According to diplomats, her speech was written in advance by the native speaker of the English language. The embassy referred to a “series of turns” that indicate this, but did not give examples. They also suggested that Skripal is held against her will and forced to make statements.
Moreover, judging by a number of turns, this was a translation from English, and the original was composed by a native speaker. Julia’s published handwritten letters in two languages confirm this impression.