Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday that the British authorities apparently injected Yulia Skripal with a “toxic substance” while she was in a coma. Nebenzya based his accusation on a report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which he says shows a “undissolved toxic chemical” in Yulia’s blood samples 18 days after the poisoning, while this apparently wasn’t observed in the blood of Sergey Skripal, whose poisoning was more severe.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s delegation to the OPCW accused Britain of forcing Yulia Skripal into a coma, in order to “manipulate” her health. London denies these charges.
The OPCW recently concluded an investigation into the poisoning of the Skirpals and determined that the British authorities correctly identified the nerve agent used in the attack. The organization’s report does not name the origin of the nerve agent, however, and the word “Novichok” does not appear in the declassified pages of the document.