Russian state TV is claiming Salisbury poisoning victim Yulia Skripal has broken silence

Salisbury poisoning victim Yulia Skripal says she is recovering

Yulia Skripal has said her strength is “growing daily” after the nerve agent attack which left her and her father in intensive care.

Her first public comments since the March 4 attack were released shortly after Russian TV reported that she had contacted a relative in Moscow to say she and Sergei Skripal were recovering and that she would soon be discharged from hospital.

Russia has appealed for the UK to issue visas for relatives to visit the Skripals in hospital in Salisbury, where they are being treated for exposure to nerve agent Novichok.

Moscow has called a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the incident, with foreign minister Sergey Lavrov saying the UK has “legitimate questions” to answer about what happened.

The recording was played at the same time Yulia released an official statement via the Met Police in which she said that her ‘strength was growing daily’.

The phone conversation was released by Victoria Skripal, Sergei Skripal’s niece, who claims she recorded a conversation with her cousin before sending it to broadcaster Russia 1.

It was revealed last week that Yulia was conscious and talking after waking from a coma she went into after being poisoned with a deadly nerve agent, alongside her father, in March.

See the full alleged phone conversation below

The unverified recording of the conversation, in which Yulia is said to have phoned her cousin, was played in Russia 1’s lunchtime news show.

In the conversation, Victoria also said that she will fly to London on Monday if she is granted a visa.

It was reported last week that Ms Skripal was no longer in a critical condition and was improving rapidly.

But the 33-year-old was still in need of round the clock care at Salisbury District Hospital where she was taken after being poisoned with nerve agent Novichok.

Her father was said to still be in a coma, but when asked about his health, Yulia allegedly said: “He’s fine, now he’s resting, sleeping. Everybody’s healthy, everybody’s fine.

“Nobody has got anything they won’t recover from. I’ll be discharged soon. Everything’s ok.”

Both the Skripals have been in hospital since the attack on March 4 when they were found slumped on a bench near a shopping centre in Salisbury.

Prior to the condition check last week, relatives has said they feared both only had a slim chance of survival.

However, experts at Salisbury NHS Trust said that Ms Skripal’s condition had improved and her condition was downgraded from critical.

Court documents had previously said the mental capacity of the pair may be compromised to an unknown degree.

The papers showed that while Mr Skripal was unable to communicate in any way, his daughter was unable to communicate in any “meaningful way”.

The Court of Protection in London also said it was not possible to say when or to what extent Sergei and Yulia Skripal may “regain capacity”

The positive update on Ms Skripal’s condition came the day after police revealed she and her dad likely first came into contact with the Novichok at their front door.

The Metropolitan Police announced detectives believe the pair first came into contact with the nerve agent there.

Specialists have identified the highest concentration of Novichok – a rare and highly toxic substance – as being on the Skripals’ front door, the force added.

The poisoning has led to a heightening diplomatic row between Russia and the UK and its allies.

The Kremlin will tonight drag the row over the poisoning to the UN Security Council.

The council meets later after Moscow seized on Britain deleting a tweet that wrongly claimedPorton Down had traced the nerve agent used in the attack to Russia.

Today it was reported that despite the row, British spooks know which Russian lab produced the nerve agent which poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4.

Security minister Ben Wallace told the BBC: “That nerve agent has been identified to being manufactured we believe in Russia.

“We believe that the nerve agent, the Novichok type of nerve agent, is only capable of being produced by a nation state.

“And then we add that to intelligence we hold, we add that to some of the police investigation that’s going on right now.

“And we can say that roads lead to Russia, that we are beyond reasonable doubt of the view that the Russian state is behind this.”

The full alleged conversation

Y Hello

V Hello

Y Hello, can you hear me?

V I can hear you.

Y It’s Yulka

V Ah Yulka, it’s you! (general astonishment) I can’t believe it – have they given you a phone?

Y Yes

V Thank God Is everything Ok with you?

Y Everything’s OK, everything’s fine.

V If I get a visa tomorrow and coming to see you on Monday

Y Nobody will give you one!

V [some discussion about visiting] If they give me a visa, I’ll come. Just if they ask you if you want to see me, say yes.

[they talk over each other]

V Is it your telephone?

Y It’s a temporary one

V Is your dad OK?

Y He’s fine, now he’s resting, sleeping. Everybody’s healthy, everybody’s fine. Nobody has got anything they won’t recover from. I’ll be discharged soon. Everything’s ok.

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