Podcast: Russia and the Nerve Agent Attack — Yulia Skripal is Released from Hospital

Yulia and Sergei Skripal at a restaurant in Salisbury, England, just before both were attacked with a nerve agent, March 4, 2018

On Tuesday, Yulia Skripal — attacked along with her father, former Sergey Skripal, by a Novichuk-class nerve agent on March 4 in Salisbury in southern England — was released from hospital and taken to a “secure location” by UK authorities. Her father remains in critical condition.

I spoke with BBC Radio Wiltshire on Tuesday evening about the ongoing investigation, Russia’s disinformation to confuse any attempt to attribute responsibility, and — most importantly in the context of yesterday’s events — provisions to protect the Skripals after the assassination attempt.

According to the UK Government, Russian officials are “highly likely” to be “culpable” in the attack, so returning Yulia Skripal to Russia is not the most secure option while the investigation is continuing.

And she is a prime witness in this investigation. Because she has survived, she can provide authorities with information about what she was doing on the day of the attack, where she and her father were, and any person whom they may have encountered during those hours.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.



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