Daughter of former Russian spy responding to treatment, says doctor

The health of Yulia Skripal (pictured), daughter of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal who at the centre of a diplomatic row between Moscow and London, is improving rapidly, the Salisbury District Hospital said on Thursday. The hospital’s medical director Christine Blanshard said Yulia, 33, is responding well to treatment and she is no longer in a critical condition. Her father Sergei, 66, remains in a critical but stable condition. The two were found slumped on a street chair outside a shopping centre in the English city of Salisbury on March 4 and had been undergoing treatment for poisoning since then. Britain accuses Russia of attacking the Skripals with a Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. Russia has rejected the accusation and wants Britain to show proof instead of stoking anti-Russia hysteria. It also charges Britain with openly breaking international law by not providing them access to Yulia who is a Russian citizen. British investigators have switched their probe from places the Skripals had visited before they landed on the street bench to their home. They now believe the Skripals were poisoned with a nerve toxin left on the handle of the front door of their home.