ADDIS ABABA, 9 March. /TASS/. Russia is ready to help in the investigation of any matter, including the case of the poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, when referring to professional channels. This was stated Friday by the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov after the meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat of the.
“If you have interest in our assistance to the particular investigation, whether it is poisoning of some British subjects, whether the rumors about the intervention in the election campaign of the United States, if you really need help, then we will be ready to consider this possibility, – the Minister said. – But in order to run such business, you need not just on TV screens running with unfounded charges, and to apply professionally through the existing channels, including law enforcement agencies”.
In addition, the foreign Minister drew attention to the Parallels that are held by the British party in between Skripal and death of ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko. “I want to remind you that the death of Litvinenko, which also piled on the Russian Federation, to the end not investigated, because the trial, which was called public, in fact it was closed and was carried out in a very strange way, and the many facts that surfaced in the course of the proceedings, and has not been made public, – said Lavrov. We offered to pay, offered to cooperate, as a number of issues have arisen in relation to Russia, but British justice considered themselves above this and to them it seemed sufficient just to make unfounded verdict, which is not exhaustive”.
“For those interested in this issue, I would advise you to follow the rules and refer to the countries from which they wish to obtain information on existing professional and not propaganda channels”, – concluded the Minister.
In 2004, Skripal was arrested by the Federal security service of Russia and later sentenced to 13 years in prison for treason, stripped of all titles and awards. Six years later ex-Colonel was transferred to the United States in the exchange of persons arrested on charges of espionage. 4 Mar 66-year-old Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Julia was discovered unconscious on a bench in the Park in the English city of Salisbury. At the moment they are in hospital, their condition continues to be evaluated as critical.
The head of the British foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, speaking on Tuesday in the House of Commons, has compared this incident with the case of ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in London in 2006. Johnson also claimed that Russia was engaged in “hostile activity” and threatened sanctions if it is discovered that Moscow was involved in the incident with Skripal.