MOSCOW (Reuters) – Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Britain along with her father Sergei, has phoned her cousin in Russia and said they are both recovering and that she expects to leave hospital soon, Russian state TV and the Interfax news agency reported yesterday.
State TV announced on Wednesday evening that the conversation had taken place, saying it had been passed a recording of it by Ms Yulia’s cousin, Viktoria Skripal, and could not vouch for its authenticity.
Britain blames Russia for the nerve agent poisoning, something Moscow denies.
The attack left the Skripals in a critical condition, but on March 29 the hospital where they are being treated said Mr Yulia was getting better, while the BBC, citing sources, said she was “conscious and talking.”
State TV and Interfax said Yulia Skripal had allegedly phoned Viktoria Skripal on Wednesday evening and said:
“Everything is fine, everything is fixable, everyone is getting better, everyone is alive.”
When asked about her father’s health, Mr Yulia was cited as saying: “Everything is fine, he is resting right now, sleeping. Everyone’s health is fine, nobody has any problems that can’t be put right. I will soon be discharging myself (from hospital).”
Viktoria Skripal, Ms Yulia’s cousin and Mr Sergei’s niece, has said she plans to travel to England and try to bring Ms Yulia back to Russia.
“I currently have one objective: to fly there and take away Yulia, at least Yulia,” Viktoria Skripal said, adding that Ms Yulia had always been very distant from politics. “It’s a lot more complicated with Sergei [Skripal].”
She said she was in regular contact with Russia’s ambassador to London, Alexander Yakovenko, and that he had helped her obtain a Russian passport to travel.
She said British authorities had given her no assurances she would be able to see Ms Yulia even if she arrived at the hospital and that it would be up to Ms Yulia if a meeting took place.
Viktoria Skripal made the comments on Rossiya-1’s 60 minutes show where pundits and lawmakers cast the nerve agent attack as part of an elaborate British plot to besmirch Russia.