Russian spy poisoning: Sergei Skripal ‘improving rapidly’

Russian spy poisoning: Sergei Skripal ‘improving rapidly’

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, remain in hospital

Russian former spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition after being poisoned by a nerve agent, doctors have said.Salisbury District Hospital said Mr Skripal is responding well to treatment and “improving rapidly”.Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital for more than a month after being found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury.They had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent called Novichok.Ms Skripal is conscious and talking in hospital.The UK government claims Russia is behind the attack but Moscow has denied all involvement, calling the accusations “horrific and unsubstantiated”.Russia says UK is ‘playing with fire’
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Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital said: “Last Thursday, I informed you that Yulia Skripal’s condition had improved to stable. “As Yulia herself says, her strength is growing daily and she can look forward to the day when she is well enough to leave the hospital.”Any speculation on when that date will be is just that – speculation. “In the meantime, Yulia has asked for privacy while she continues to get better – something I’d like to urge the media to respect. “I also want to update you on the condition of her father, Sergei Skripal. He is responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition.”Following the update on Mr Skripal’s condition, the Russian Embassy tweeted: “Good news!”