UN, April 6. /TASS/. When considering the request of the Russian side for consular access to Yulia Skripal her own wishes should be taken into account, Britain's UN Ambassador Karen Pierce said at the UN Security Council meeting looking into the case of attempted poisoning of former Russian military intelligence (GRU) officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter on Thursday.
"We have received a request from the Russian consulate. We have conveyed it to Yulia Skripal and we await her response," Pierce said.
"Ms Skripal's own wishes need to be taken into account," she added
On March 4, Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain and later swapped for Russian intelligence officers, and his daughter Yulia suffered the effects of an alleged nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury. Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a so-called Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russia of being involved in the incident. Moscow rejected all of the United Kingdom’s accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russia.