Sergei Skripal niece in Russia "worried and scared" amid information war

10:20, 06 April 2018
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"You think I'm not worried? I'm very worried. I'm scared, I'm very scared. The things people are writing… I can't shut them all up," Viktoria told BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse.

Read alsoUK at UN: Russia playing "fast and loose" with world's collective securityAsked whether she feels any pressure from any side to say something or not, Viktoria said: "There's no pressure as such. But there are leading questions."

"They ask me questions so that I answer in the way they want me to, not how I want to."

Read alsoBBC: Russian spy poisoning: Yulia Skripal 'getting stronger daily'She also confirmed to the BBC that she was 100% certain the alleged conversation with her cousin was real, commenting on a recording of the alleged phone conversation that was aired on Thursday on a state-owned Russian TV channel.

"Yes, it was Yulia. I don't doubt at all it was Yulia," Viktoria said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, UK police on Thursday issued a statement on behalf of Russian spy Sergei Skripal's daughter, the first since the pair were poisoned by a nerve agent in March. The statement quoted Yulia Skripal as saying her "strength is growing daily."

The news came hours after Russia TV aired a recording of an alleged phone conversation, which it says took place between Ms Skripal and her cousin.

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