WASHINGTON, March 13. /TASS/. Reports of the alleged involvement of the Russian Federation to the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal is another example of false news, no evidence of this. On Monday told reporters at the Russian Embassy in the United States in response to the Secretary’s Rex Tillerson about Washington’s agreement with the conclusions of the British authorities about the incident in Salisbury.
“Unsubstantiated accusations of Russia in all sins continue to multiply. Today thrown another fake news on the alleged Russian trace in the tragic events in the UK. When here, first learn to check the facts and then condemn?” – said the Embassy. The Embassy stressed that “to date there is no evidence of the rightness of the British, and now American authorities.”
“Could it have forgotten the way [former U.S. Secretary of state] Colin Powell shaking a vial of white powder in the hall of the UN security Council (February 2003 – approx. TASS)? When honesty returns to the political life of Washington?” – added in the Embassy.
66-year-old former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Julia on March 4 was exposed to an unknown nerve agent. They were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury. Both are now in hospital in critical condition.
The opinion of the British authorities
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa may, speaking in the House of Commons, that Russia , with high probability involved in the incident with Skripal and his daughter Julia. According to her, the ex-GRU Colonel and his daughter poisoned fighting nervously-paralytic substance of the type which is produced in Russia. While may called the incident with Skripal “the indiscriminate and irresponsible actions of Russia against the United Kingdom”.
The state Department later issued a statement Tillerson. He claimed that American authorities are “absolutely confident in the investigation of great Britain and her estimates of the possible responsibility of Russia for the attack using nerve agents”. The Secretary of state promised “serious consequences” for those who organized and committed this crime.
Commenting on the may, the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called occurring in the British Parliament “circus show”, pointing out that London started the next information and political campaign based on provocation. She urged the British authorities to reveal the results of the investigation of the cases of Litvinenko, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Perepilichny and many others who mysteriously died on British soil.
In 2004, Skripal was arrested by the FSB and later sentenced to 13 years in prison for treason, stripped of all titles and awards. In 2010 it was transferred to the United States in the exchange of persons arrested on charges of espionage. In the same year eks-Colonel GRU settled in the UK.