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Russian spy’s daughter leaves hospital after nerve agent attack

Salisbury District Hospital confirmed 33-year-old Yulia Skripal will continue to receive treatment.

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her double agent father Sergei last month, will continue to receive medical treatment after she was deemed well enough to be discharged from hospital, the doctor in charge of their care has said.

The 33-year-old Russian national had spent more than a month in hospital after coming into contact with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.

She is reported to have been released on Monday and taken to a secure location, while her father remains in hospital after making “good progress”.

The pair were left fighting for their lives after being found unconscious on a park bench in the Wiltshire town on March 4.

Announcing an update on the Skripals’ conditions, Salisbury District Hospital medical director Dr Christine Blanshard said: “Both patients have responded exceptionally well to the treatment we’ve been providing. But, equally, both patients are at different stages in their recovery.

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“I want to take this opportunity to wish Yulia well. This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone.”

She said Ms Skripal has asked for privacy following her release from hospital.

Dr Blanshard said Mr Skripal’s health had also improved.

During a short address to reporters outside the hospital, she said: “Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course.”

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Dr Blanshard paid tribute to hospital staff who worked during the “enormously testing” recent weeks.

“They have pulled together, not just to deliver outstanding care to the individuals caught up in these terrible events, but to all our patients as they do day in, day out.”

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was also exposed to the nerve agent, was discharged from the hospital on March 22.

Ms Skripal’s release from hospital was met with another broadside from the Russian Embassy, which has repeatedly criticised the handling of the investigation into the attack.

In a statement, a spokesman said: “We congratulate Yulia on her recovery.

“Yet we need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will.”

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov previously said it was “outrageous” that Britain had failed to provide consular access to Ms Skripal as news of her improving condition was announced earlier this month.

The Russian Embassy in London also issued a series of what it termed “questions without answer” about the Skripal case – including whether the UK had ever produced the Novichok nerve agent believed to have been used in the Salisbury poisoning.

Britain has said that Russian state involvement is the only plausible explanation for the attack, and has led a worldwide reaction involving the expulsion of more than 100 diplomats.

But Mr Lavrov accused Western countries of “playing children’s games”.

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