Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Poisoned former Russian agent Sergei Skripal is getting better fast, hospital says

Poisoned former Russian agent Sergei Skripal is getting better fast, hospital says

They were hospitalized in critical condition.

On Thursday, Russian state television reported Yulia had phoned her cousin and told her that she and her father were both recovering and that she expected to leave hospital soon.

Sergei Skripal's two guinea pigs were found dead inside his home a while after the March 4 attack.

Around a month since Sergei Skripal fell ill in the southern English town of Salisbury, in what United Kingdom authorities believe was a poison attack by the man's country of birth, Russia, his condition is improving.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is "improving rapidly" and is "no longer in a critical condition" following a nerve agent attack in Salisbury last month, the hospital treating him said in a statement on Friday.

Dr. Christine Blanshard, the medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, says the 66-year-old "is responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition".

"Any speculation on when that date will be is just that-speculation", she stressed.

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Yulia and Sergei Skripal were found slumped on a bench at an outdoor shopping precinct in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

The UK Foreign Office said Thursday that Yulia Skripal has so far declined the Russian Embassy's offer of consular assistance following the attack.

The incident sparked an escalating diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, with more than 20 countries expelling Russian envoys in solidarity with the UK.

At a U.N. Security Council meeting on Thursday, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia claimed that Russia was the victim of a hasty, sloppy and ill-intentioned defamation campaign by London and its allies.

Moscow has denied any role in the attack on the Skripals, and has accused the USA of orchestrating a "colossal blackmail" campaign.

She said: "I am sure you appreciate that the entire episode is somewhat disorientating, and I hope that you'll respect my privacy and that of my family during the period of my convalescence". She gave no indication when Yulia or her father could be released.

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