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Yulia Skripal gave a single press conference on May 23, 2018, before disappearing again.
Yulia Skripal has said she wishes to return to Russia "in the longer term" despite the nerve agent attack on her and her father Sergei, which she described as life-changing.

In her first appearance since being discharged from hospital, Yulia said that she had flown to London on 3 March to visit her father, something she had done regularly in the past. The Skripals were found a day later in a comatose condition on a park bench in the centre of Salisbury.

"After 20 days in a coma, I woke to the news that we had both been poisoned," she said. "I still find it hard to come to terms that both of us were attacked. We are so lucky to both have survived this attempted assassination.

"Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful. The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking. I don't want to describe the details, but the physical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing."

Skripal was speaking from a secret location in London, where she is under police guard. She was discharged from Salisbury district hospital five weeks after the poisoning and has not been seen by the media until now. Her father, a former GRU intelligence officer, was discharged last week.

She said she was now making progress, but admitted "my life has now been turned upside-down by the devastating changes thrust upon me, both physically and emotionally". She added: "I take one day at a time and want to help care for my dad till his full recovery. In the longer term, I hope to return home to my country."

Skripal spoke in Russian to the news agency Reuters. She supplied a statement that she said she had written herself in Russian and English. The Russian version had several crossings out and corrections. After reading her statement in front of camera, she signed both documents. She declined to answer questions.

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