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    Sergei Skripal Released From Hospital After Poisoning - NHS England

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, poisoned in the United Kingdom, was discharged from a hospital in Salisbury, the National Health Service England said Friday.

    "Sergei Skripal has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital. Mr. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were admitted to the hospital along with DS Nick Bailey after having been exposed to a nerve agent on 4 March 2018. All three have now been discharged," the statement read.

    Yulia Skripal, for her part, was released from the hospital on April 11 after recovering and regaining the ability to speak in late March.          

    "It is fantastic news that Sergei Skripal is well enough to leave Salisbury District Hospital," hospital's Chief Executive Cara Charles-Barks said.

    According to the Chief Executive statement, despite the fact that all the patients have been discharged, the NHS respects their confidentiality and could not disclose the details of their treatment.

    The NHS noted, citing Cara Charles-Barks, that all the staff had shown high skills and professionalism while treating the Skripals.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he hopes that Sergei Skripal will be safe and sound, noting that Skripal would have died immediately if he had been poisoned with a weapons-grade toxic agent.

    Detectives from the UK's Counter-Terrorism Policing network continue to investigate the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March this year.

    "This is a complex investigation and detectives continue to gather and piece together all the evidence to establish the full facts and circumstances behind this dreadful attack," the UK's Counter-Terrorism representative stated.

    The Russian ambassador to the UK said he was happy that Skripal was alright, but he had the impression that the Russian side would never see the Skripals.

    "Sergei Skripal was discharged from the hospital… we are happy that he is alright and so that is another great opportunity to see him," Alexander Yakovenko told reporters.

    Sergei and Yulia Skripal have reportedly been taken to an undisclosed location for their safety.

    READ MORE: Ex-Spy Sergei Skripal Recovering, Not in Critical Condition — Hospital

    The Skripals were found unresponsive on a park bench on March 4, 2018, after the two were exposed to the A-234 nerve agent in Salisbury, UK.

    Following the attack, UK Prime Minister Theresa May stated that she would be expelling 23 Russian diplomats, and accused Russia of the incident. Several countries have since followed the UK and expelled Russian diplomats as a sign of "solidarity."

    Russia has repeatedly denied the UK's accusations, noting that London has not provided sufficient evidence to prove their claims.


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