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“I will write to the UN” if London refuses visa, says Skripal’s niece

RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) –┬áVictoria Skripal, the niece of Sergei Skripal, the former spy who was poisoned last March with her daughter Yulia in Salisbury, will speak directly to the UN Secretary-General if London again denies her visa.

The niece of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal , Victoria, plans to contact UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the event of a new visa refusal by the United Kingdom authorities.

“I will write to the UN,” she said in an interview with Echo Radio in Moscow, describing what she would do if London persisted in refusing her visa.

When asked if she would go directly to Antonio Guterres , she said yes.

On March 4, former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious near a shopping center in Salisbury. A week later, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of being behind the poisoning of the Skripal, but did not present any evidence to support her allegations before expelling 23 Russian diplomats from the UK.

Russia has always denied London’s allegations. In early April, researchers at the British Porton Down Laboratory admitted that they were unable to establish the country from which the innervating agent used in this assassination attempt originated. The Russian government has asked London several times to allow it to participate in this investigation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Saturday that an independent laboratory in Switzerland had analyzed samples collected by the OPCW in Salisbury and detected traces of the toxic agent known as BZ. His formula was part of the arsenal of the US Army, British as well as those of other NATO countries.