Skripal’s niece: Britain abducted my relatives
Viktoria Skripal has not been able to contact them since summer.
The niece of the former GRU officer Sergey Skripal, Victoria, said that British intelligence services forcibly held her cousin Yulia and uncle in Porton Down chemical laboratory and did not allow her to return to Russia. Her interview was published by newspaper Izvestia.
“Why are Russian diplomats and relatives not allowed to visit her, to speak on television?” Viktoria wondered, adding that she has not been able to contact her relatives since July 24. That said, according to her, during the last phone conversation her sister told her about her desire to return to Russia.
According to Viktoria Skripal, her family could be used for political purposes - to artificially strain relations with Russia and impose new sanctions, and the poisoning itself was staged by Great Britain. In this case, Yulia, according to Viktoria, is an even more profitable victim than Sergey Skripal, since he is an ambiguous figure, while she is an innocent young girl who did not participate in any ventures, the niece of the former GRU officer notes.
To recap, Sergey and Yulia Skripal fell victims to poisoning with Novichok in the British Salisbury. Subsequently, the British published photographs of the “suspects” in the incident and stated that the pictures depicted “GRU officers” Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. The Russians spoke on television and announced that they were in the UK as tourists and were not associated with the special services. Bellingcat media outlet claims that Petrov and Boshirov are pseudonyms under which military intelligence officers Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga really hide.
Earlier, the question of the whereabouts of Sergey and Yulia Skripal was raised by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In particular, he stated that Moscow had nothing to talk about with London on “Skripals’ case” until the United Kingdom granted consular access to Yulia Skripal, who is a Russian citizen.
Meanwhile, another person accidentally exposed to a nerve agent in the British Amesbury, Charlie Rowley, spoke about his poor health and possible quick death, The Guardian cites him. According to Rowley, he may die within ten years, and after the poisoning, his eyesight deteriorated and it became difficult for him to move.
Rowley and his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, found a bottle with Novichok remains in Amesbury in June. The woman took the bottle for perfume and sprayed the liquid on herself, which led to her death.