“For six months we (i.e. Russia) have been demanding, asking, and citing the legal grounds for getting consular access to the Russian citizen Yulia Skripal. In various forms, on various obviously far-fetched pretexts, we are not allowed to do this.”
In fact, Yulia Skripal said in an interview that she was aware of Russian officials’ offers to meet, and that she refused on her own volition. “I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can,” Yulia Skripal said in a statement quoted by Reuters.