Daughter of Russian spy in nerve agent attack is now conscious and speaking to medical staff
THE poisoned daughter of a Russian double agent has reportedly regained consciousness more than three weeks since the pair were targeted in a nerve agent attack.
Yulia Skripal was left critically ill when exposed to Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, but is now said to be “improving rapidly”.
Her father, the spy Sergei Skripal who sold information to the West, remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
The BBC reports separate sources have verified Yulia is both conscious and talking.
Scotland Yard believes Mr Skripal and his daughter, who was visiting him from Russia, first came into contact with the deadly chemical at his home.
Detailed forensic testing revealed the highest concentration of Novichok was found on the front door. Suspicions that the Kremlin oversaw the assassination plot has had profound international repercussions.
Tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions were launched by Russia on Thursday after more than 130 suspected spies were ordered out by British allies.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would retaliate by expelling the same number of diplomats that each country had ejected.
“Russia should not be acting like a victim,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in response.
Meanwhile, a vast attempted murder investigation continues to unfold in the Wiltshire city, most recently leading police to cordon off a children’s play area.