A statement from Yulia and a TV broadcast ramp up political battle between UK and Russia over the incident
The Russian TV broadcast of a conversation between a recovering Yulia Skripal and her cousin Viktoria, followed soon after by the first UK government sanctioned statement from Yulia on her improving health, injects a highly unpredictable personal element into the staged trench warfare between two nation states.
Both Russia and the UK, operating to tight scripts, are fighting to retain their global reputation, but both countries may find themselves highly dependent on the members of the Skripal family, their relationship, what they know and what they are prepared to say about what they know. With so much at stake, neither woman can at this stage be regarded as a free agent, but may instead be being used as a pawn in a political battle. But that could change, to unpredictable effect.