Ex-Russian spy's daughter discharged from UK hospital

ANI | Updated: Apr 10, 2018 16:30 IST

London [United Kingdom], Apr 10 (ANI): The daughter of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal's daughter Yulia has been recovered and discharged from Salisbury District Hospital, authorities said on Tuesday.

She has been taken to a 'secure location', Sky News reported.

Christine Blanshard, the deputy chief executive and medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said in a statement,"Both Ms Skripal, 33, and her father, 66, have been responding well to treatment in the five weeks they have been in the hospital."

The 33-year-old daughter said in her statement last week that she was getting "stronger" day after day.

Yulia's cousin, Viktoria Skripal said, "I think Britain will insist that she (Yulia) claims asylum. I'm feeling pleased that she's well enough to be released from the hospital. So far my feelings are unclear because I have not seen her and nobody has seen her, we've just had information."

Last month, Viktoria was denied a UK visa by authorities to visit her cousin and uncle in Salisbury.

According to the British government, Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter were exposed to a military-grade nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury on March 4.

The poisoning of the Skripals prompted nearly 30 countries to expel more than 150 Russian diplomats in solidarity with the UK after it blamed Russia for plotting the attack.

Russia retaliated by expelling diplomats from other countries and closing down the US consulate in St. Petersburg. (ANI)