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Yulia Skripal Turns Down Offer of Russian Help, UK Police Say

Yulia Skripal Turns Down Offer of Russian Help, UK Police Say

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the the Kremlin "must give answers" after the world's chemical arms watchdog on Thursday confirmed that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a "high purity" strain of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury.

"India is against the use of chemical weapons anywhere, at any time, by anybody, under any circumstances", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told the media here in response to a question on the incident. "India, like all other countries, awaits the outcome of the investigation".

Johnson said Russian Federation "must give answers" after a military grade Novichok nerve agent hospitalised Skripal, his daughter and a British police officer.

Russian Federation has maintained its sceptical stance on the case - which prompted the United Kingdom and its allies to impose diplomatic sanctions against the state - and disputes the British explanation that the Skripals were poisoned by novichok.

In a statement released by the Metropolitan Police Wednesday night, Yulia thanked the Russian embassy for offering their services but said "at the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services".

The Russian embassy in London, which has repeatedly asked for consular access to Yulia Skripal and has accused the British authorities of abducting her, said it doubted very much that the statement genuinely came from Yulia. A new analysis from the worldwide oversight organization that enforces chemical weapons treaties doesn't directly name names, but the report falls foursquare behind the analysis of the UK's own investigators.

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She singled out her cousin, Viktoria Skripal, who has appeared on Russian television several times since the attack, once providing a recording of a phone conversation allegedly between herself and Yulia.

The case, filled with high-level intrigue and unexpected twists and turns, was marked by another unexpected development last week when Viktoria Skripal, a 45-year-old Russian accountant and relative of the two poisoned Russians, said the British authorities were untrustworthy and cast doubt on their accounts.

He said he would not expect Yulia Skripal to return to Russia despite her Russian nationality.

In the statement, which was distributed by London's Metropolitan Police, Skripal says she does not want consular assistance as she recovers from the nerve agent attack that left her and her father in critical condition and created an worldwide furor.

"I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance", Skripal, a Russian citizen who was visiting her father in the cathedral city of Salisbury, said in the statement. Russian Federation also expelled British and USA diplomats from Moscow in a tit-for-tat measure. After her release from the hospital on Monday, officials said she had been taken to a "secure" location.