Yulia Skripal: Recovery From Nerve Agent ‘Slow and Painful’

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Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her ex-spy father in Britain in March, said they are "lucky to have survived" the nerve agent attack.

In her first on-camera appearance since the assassination attempt, Skripal called her recovery "slow and painful" but said she hopes to return to her home in Russia someday.

Skripal and her 66-year-old father, Sergei, spent weeks hospitalized in critical condition after they were found unconscious in the English city of Salisbury, 145 kilometers southwest of London.

Britain says the Russian state poisoned the Skripals with a Soviet-designed nerve agent dubbed Novichok that likely was smeared on the door handle of Sergei Skripal's suburban house.

Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement and the Russian ambassador to London has repeatedly demanded access to Yulia Skripal.

The Russian embassy has also suggested she might be held in Britain against her will.

During her statement, Skripal thanked the Russian embassy for its offer of assistance, but said she and her father were "not ready to take it."

Source: Voice of America