Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Britain last month along with her father, a former Russian spy, has said she did not wish to take up the offer of services from the Russian embassy in London, according to a statement issued on her behalf by the Metropolitan police.
In the statement published on Wednesday, she said her father remained seriously ill and that she was still suffering from the effects of nerve agent used against them. She also addressed comments made by her cousin Viktoria in the Russian media, asking her not to contact or visit her in the UK.
Skripal confirmed that she was safe and had specially trained officers available to her during the recovery. She also said she would give interviews to the media in time, but asked the press to have patience while she recovers.
The statement comes two days after she was released from Salisbury District Hospital.
Just over a month ago, she and her father were found collapsed on a park bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, after being poisoned with a nerve agent. Sergei Skripal, 66, is also making progress and doctors hope he will be able to leave hospital “in due course”. Skripal, 33, flew to the UK on 3 March, the day before she and her father are believed to have been poisoned with the nerve agent novichok.
The testimony of the Skripals will be crucial in establishing the credibility of the British government’s claim that it was “highly likely” that the Russian state had targeted them with the nerve agent.