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Poisoned ex-spy's daughter refuses Russian help: ministry

AFP  |  London 

Skripal, who was poisoned in England last month along with her Russian ex-father, has refused consular assistance from the Russian embassy, a British said.

"We have previously passed on the Russian embassy's offer of consular support to Yulia," the said today.

"She is free to decide on whether she wishes to pursue that. To date, we understand she has not done so," he said.

Britain blames for the nerve agent attack on the two on March 4, which has sparked an international diplomatic crisis.

has vehemently denied the accusation and has requested access to the Skripals, who are both Russian citizens.

The hospital that has been treating the two in the English city of said on Tuesday that Skripal had been discharged while her father would remain for treatment.

Responding to reports that the pair may be resettled, the to said: "Secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family, will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation."

Skripal was visiting her father when the attack happened. was imprisoned in for selling secrets to in the 1990s but was exchanged in a swap in 2010.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:55 IST