MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. In the so-called “business Skripal” present “all the hallmarks of a provocation against Russia,” said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. Similar wording was used by the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, who in addition called nominated by London against Russia’s accusations “totally unfounded and boorish”.
And a Kremlin spokesman and the foreign Minister promised that “irresponsible actions” of the British side, who recently announced the 23 expulsion of Russian diplomats and a number of other restrictive measures, followed by a swift and decisive response. This Peskov said that the final decision on retaliatory measures will be taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will choose, “the greatest meets the interests” of Russia. But Lavrov added that the rules of courtesy Moscow first notifies the response in London and only then betray them public.
Along with that, Moscow reiterated full readiness to cooperate on the basis of accepted international norms in the investigation into the poisoning in the UK ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. At the same time the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova criticized London as “undisguised desire not to communicate”.
For their part, the representatives of the British authorities continued to disseminate unsubstantiated accusations against the Russian state. In particular, the British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson once again stated that the poisoning of the former Colonel of the GRU is Russia, however, as earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa may, instead of evidence brought only suspicion and speculative. He also said that Britain is not going to satisfy the Russian request to grant her a sample of the alleged toxic substance to your analysis.
Accusations without proof
Ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal was convicted in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, has served part in prison, after which he was transferred to the United Kingdom in the exchange of Russian spies. On 4 March he and his daughter Julia, have Russian citizenship, have been exposed to nerve agents. They were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping center in the town of Salisbury, currently they are in the hospital in critical condition. In connection with this incident, British authorities accused Russia of “unlawful use of force” in the Kingdom and announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats and other sanctions. At the request of the British side on March 14 convened a meeting of the UN Security Council, which was again made unsubstantiated accusations against Russia.
However, according to her, Russia remains ready to cooperate with the British side. “The Russian side officially declared and declares that it is ready to work on all mechanisms, involving work within the framework and on using the appropriate tools of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, but at the moment this trend – and it only strengthened London refuses to work in the legal field”, – stated the official representative of the foreign Ministry. She described the situation as “nevozmozhnym nonsense,” noting that London to promote their goals and resort to a massive use of media and uses all the features of public diplomacy, including the rostrum of the UN security Council.
According to Johnson, he was “very touched by the worldwide support: powerful statement from the White house, from the side [of U.S. permanent representative to the UN] Nikki Haley last night at the UN”. According to his statement, “throughout Europe there are voices in protest against what Russia has done”.
According to media reports, London in recent days actively discussing “the case Skripal” with partners in Paris, Berlin and other European capitals. It is assumed that this question can be considered at the meeting of the EU Council in the last week of March.
According to the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, in the “Skripal” there are all signs of provocation. In conversation with journalists the representative of the Kremlin drew attention to the fact that the charges from the UK to Russia “began to sound even before the moment could receive at least some information about the used substance”. “That in itself speaks of the presence in this situation all signs of provocation against Russia,” stated Sands.
“The General position of the British side we think is absolutely irresponsible from the point of view of diplomatic relations, and with regard to the objectives and interests of conducting the investigation and finding those real people who were behind this, and from the point of view of violation of international law by the British side, which is also obvious,” – said the representative of the Kremlin. Once again stressing that “the Russian side has nothing to do with the incident that occurred with Skripal in Salisbury”, Peskov added: “of course, we are concerned about this situation, but will patiently and consistently to bring its position to the international public opinion.”
In turn, Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, speaking at the forum “Russia – country of opportunities”, called “dishonest” motives of London in the “Skripal”, and bound the British government’s actions with the problems in their internal politics. Lavrov also described the situation as “a nervous reaction to the return of Russia as an equal partner, nothing imposing, but not taking the dictates and ultimatums”.
The head of Russian diplomacy was subjected to criticism for the London the actual non-cooperation. “In new York our representative Vassily Nebenzia (permanent representative to the UN approx. TASS), setting out our position and answering cultural and convincingly on a completely rude, unfounded and unsubstantiated accusations in our address, suggested the adoption of a document stating that it is necessary to conduct an investigation on the basis of the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons. British representative has blocked this decision,” – said the Minister.
The response of Russia to the UK will not take long, assured the press Secretary of the President and the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. “Naturally, they [the responses of] will not be forthcoming, the proposal will be formulated by the Ministry of foreign Affairs and other departments”, – said the representative of the Kremlin. According to him, the Russian President, to whom belongs the right of final decision on the matter, personally, “choose the option that most suits the interests of the Russian Federation”.
“The answer is very soon, I assure you,” said, in turn, Lavrov. “The answer we like polite people at first will bring to our British colleagues,” – said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He also expressed the hope that Skripal and his daughter will recover and “will be able to shed some light on everything that happened”.