Yulia Skripal, daughter of poisoned Russian spy, in her own words

Yulia Skripal who was poisoned in Salisbury with her father former Russian spy Sergei Skripal spoke to the media from a secret location in London

In her first interview since surviving an alleged nerve agent attack, Yulia Skripal said she eventually wants to return to Russian Federation.

Ms Skripal and her father Sergei Skripal spent weeks in critical condition after they were found unconscious in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. She supplied her own, handwritten translation into English of her statement. The embassy still suspects Yulis Skripal is kept in Britain against her will, insisting yet again that the Russian consulate officials should be provided direct access to her.

In a statement, Ms Skripal said she and her father were "so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination".

Following the release of the interview, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman addressed Yulia Skripal in a comment to RT.

But the Russian Embassy in London said it remained concerned that Skripal was being held against her will.

"The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking", Skripal told Reuters news agency.

Yulia said she hopes to return to her home country "in the longer term" but does not want assistance from the Russian Embassy.

Ms Skripal was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital last month, and her father last week.

But she left open the possibility that she might one day return to her native country. Their recovery had been "slow and extremely painful".

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Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury along with her father, Russian spy Sergei Skripal, speaks to Reuters in London, on May 23, 2018.

She said: "My life has been turned upside down as I try to come to terms with the devastating changes thrust upon me both physically and emotionally".

"I woke to the news that we had both been poisoned", Skripal said in her first media appearance since the poisoning.

The UK has said that Russian Federation is to blame for the attack on the pair, with the nerve agent novichok suspected to have been placed on Mr Skripal's home door handle. However, UK officials have so far failed to provide evidence linking Moscow to attack, and the claim that the nerve agent could have only been made in Russian Federation has been disputed by London's own European allies.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of being behind the attack, and named a secretive government lab in southwestern Russian Federation as the source of the poison used on the Skripals. "I still find it hard to come to terms that both of us were attacked".

Vladimir Putin says he has concerns about whether Yulia Skripal was forced to make a statement on Wednesday. "I don't want to describe the details, but the physical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing".

Thanking the hospital staff who treated them, she goes on to say she does not "wish to avail herself" of the services of the Russian embassy at the moment. "We don't know if she made these statements of her own free will or if she was pressured, we don't know where she is. and what is being done to her and by whom, to what extent her rights are being upheld, and how legally competent she is".

"Overall, considering we are talking about a fairly unprecedented worldwide provocation against Russian Federation that was unleashed by Britain and London, we maintain our distrust and have every reason to do so".

She added: "I want to reiterate what I said in my earlier statement that no one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves".

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