Russian diplomats in London believe that Yulia Skripal is “held against her own will and made statement under pressure”
Earlier Reuters published a video with Yulia Skripal's statement about poisoning in Salisbury, as well as a photo of her statement's text.
The press officer of the Russian embassy in London believes that daughter of a former GRU officer, Sergei Skripal, Yulia made her statement under duress, according to the website of the diplomatic mission.
“The UK is obliged to give us the opportunity to speak to Yulia directly to make sure that she is not held against her own will and is not speaking under pressure. So far, we have every reason to suspect the opposite,” the report states.
At the same time, diplomats note that they “are glad to see Yulia Skripal alive and well.” However, the video of Yulia making her statement only strengthens their concerns over the conditions in which she is being held.
“Obviously, Yulia was reading a pre-written text. More than that, judging by quite a few elements, the text was a translation from English and had been initially written by a native English-speaker. The handwritten letters signed by Yulia in Russian and English confirm this impression,” the press officer of the Russian embassy adds.
Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry Maria Zakharova said earlier that Russia’s Foreign Ministry “has been trying every single day to get in touch with Yulia Skripal in order to make sure that she was not held against her will, that she was not replaced with another person.”
Earlier Reuters published a video with Yulia Skripal's statement about poisoning in Salisbury, as well as a photo of her speech. Skripal noted that she handed the agency statements in two languages, which she wrote herself.
The daughter of the GRU ex-employee noted that she is under the protection of the British state, so Skripal was speaking from a secret location in London. "We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination. Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful," she sais adding that she wants to return to her country “in the longer term,” despite the poisoning.
Sergei and his daughter Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a public bench in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. The British authorities believe that they were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, 23 Russian diplomats were expelled from the UK.
Video: Yulia Skripal makes her first statement after Salisbury poisoning