Yulia Skripal turns down Russian help as she recovers from poisoning

Daughter of poisoned Russian spy declines embassy help: statement

Former double agent Mr Skripal was jailed in Russian Federation for selling secrets to MI6 but was released as part of a spy swap deal in 2010 and settled in the UK.

The door handle and email claims were made in a letter from Sir Mark Sedwill, the UK's national security adviser, to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg.

The UK's national security adviser said "credible open-source reporting and intelligence" showed that in the 1980s the Soviet Union developed a family of nerve agents known as Novichoks at a base in Shikhany near Volgograd.

"I am not yet strong enough to give a full interview to the media, as I one day hope to do", Yulia Skripal said in a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police.

The ambassador said London's approach to the high-profile case followed a pattern of crimes, in which the United Kingdom chose to classify details from the public and ignore Russia's request to disclose them.

In a statement issued on her behalf by British police late on April 11, Skripal said her father, Sergei, remained seriously ill and she was still suffering from the effects of the military-grade Novichok nerve agent used against them.

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has also said: "Even if it's Novichok , about 20 countries produced it". The OPCW was tasked with identifying the chemical, not with attributing its origin or ascertaining blame for the poisoning.

Yulia was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital this week while her father remains in the hospital.

This is an image of the daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal taken from Yulia Skipal's Facebook account on Tuesday March 6, 2018.

"Her opinions and assertions are not mine and they are not my father's".

"This program subsequently included investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles", he wrote, according to the Guardian.

Lavrov said the report does nothing to back the British allegations that Moscow was behind the attack.

Scientists from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) confirmed Thursday that Novichok was used in Salisbury, England in the attack on Skripal.

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He argues that "Russia has a proven record of conducting state-sponsored assassination", referencing the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.

There are several variants of Novichok, a binary weapon containing two less-toxic chemicals that, when mixed, react to produce a poison several times more lethal than sarin or VX.

Russia's Embassy in London questioned the authenticity of Yulia's statement, saying it was crafted to support Britain's version of events and increases suspicions that the young woman is being held against her will.

"I thank my cousin Viktoria for her concern for us, but ask that she does not visit me or try to contact me for the time being", Yulia Skripal said.

"We can not be sure that Yulia's refusal to see us is genuine".

The letter also delved into why Russian intelligence may want to target Skripal, who was moved to Britain in exchanged for Kremlin spies caught in the U.S.

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