UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Yulia Skripal rejected a Russian proposal for consular assistance after she was poisoned with nerve gas in early March in Britain with her father, the former Russian double agent, the British Foreign Office said Wednesday.
“We have conveyed to Yulia a proposal for consular assistance from the Russian embassy,” the ministry spokeswoman said in a statement. “She has the freedom to accept or refuse assistance, and to this day we have learned that she did not ask for help,” she said.
At the end of March, London said it was studying Russia’s request to visit Yulia Scrippal, saying she respected the wishes of the 33-year-old woman who is still recovering.
On Tuesday, the hospital in Salisbury, where she had been treated since her poisoning with her father Sergei Skripal, was pronounced dead.
Her father, 66, has also made “significant progress” but is recovering “more slowly” and is still in hospital, the source said.
Yulia came from Russia to visit her father in Salisbury after a prisoner exchange between Moscow, London and Washington in 2010 after serving a 13-year sentence in Russia for collaborating with British intelligence.
London blamed the attack on Russia, which categorically denies it and asked for the Skripal family’s visit.
The issue raised a serious diplomatic crisis between Moscow, which denies involvement and Westerners. The largest reciprocal expulsion of diplomats has been translated into history.
According to the British media, the British authorities have transferred Yulia to a safe place, which angered the Russian embassy, which was considered Wednesday on Twitter as “being held hostage.”
On April 6, the British Home Office announced that it had refused a visa application to Victoria Scrippel, the daughter of Sergey’s brother.