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    The Russian Embassy in London has reacted to the report, Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in England along with her father, had been discharged from the hospital.

    Salisbury District Hospital medical director Christine Blanshard confirmed that Yulia had been discharged from the facility, adding that she hoped, her father Sergei would leave the hospital in due course as his health had been improving.

    "Yulia has now been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital… This is not the end of her treatment, but marks a significant milestone. Her father [Sergei] has also made good progress. On Friday, I announced that he was no longer in a critical condition. Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course," Blanshard said in a statement.

    Following the announcement, the Russian Embassy in London said on Twitter, it needed urgent confirmation that what was being done to Yulia was done on her own free will.

    Commenting on the issue, Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko said that Russian diplomats in London had learned that Yulia had been discharged from a hospital from media reports, as there was no official notification.

    “We have learned about it from mass media, there were no official notifications from the UK side,” Yakovenko said.

    Earlier in the day, Sky News broadcaster reported that Yulia was due to be discharged on Monday.

    At the same time, a spokesman for Salisbury District Hospital gave no update on the condition of Yulia in an interview to Sputnik.

    "We will update on our website, when there’re developments we can update on," NHS England’s press office said at that time.

    On March 4, former Russian officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in the UK city of Salisbury. The United Kingdom believes the two were exposed to the A234 nerve agent, related to the Novichok-class nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union.

    READ MORE: Russian Embassy in UK: London Destroying Evidence Related to 'Skripal Case'

    Soon after the incident, the United Kingdom announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomatic workers. Over 25 countries have since expelled Russian diplomats "in solidarity" with London. Moscow has denied any allegations on the matter, pointing to the lack of evidence provided by London to substantiate its accusations.

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    Poisoning of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal, United Kingdom
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