Sergei Skripal niece in Russia "worried and scared" amid information war
Yulia Skripal's cousin, Viktoria, has told the BBC she is "worried and "scared" after she was asked whether she feels as being used in the information war.
"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.