Slutsky called blackmail demands of Western leaders on the disclosure of the program “Newbie”

MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. The demands of Western leaders to Russia to reveal the development of a substance called “Newcomer” in connection with the case of the former GRU Colonel, who was convicted in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, Sergei Skripal is a collective political blackmail and the continuation of large-scale provocative line to demonize Russia.

About this TASS said Thursday the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky.

“Russia has clearly stated that has nothing to do with the incident with the poisoning Sergei Skripal. Moreover, we have proposed to the UN security Council to hold a civilized investigation according to the standards of the OPCW (Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons). However, all our proposals were blocked and rejected in the grossest manner,” said Slutsky. Now, he continued, “we again make the claim on the basis that someone saw something, which looked like political blackmail and a continuation of the aggressive provocation to demonize Russia is not called”.

The head of the Committee also noted that the West operates a priori on the basis of “presumption of guilt” against Russia and sees no one, even the most sensible argument. “We all the time without any evidence put in the position of guilty in advance, require justification, meanwhile turning back the world community cases, completely contrary to international law”, – said Slutsky. According to him, this indicates an organized line to discredit Russia.

New demands of the West

The leaders of Germany, France and the United States and great Britain has demanded from Russia to disclose the development of a substance called “Novice”, the use of which in the incident in Salisbury said the British side, said in a Thursday joint statement, Chancellor Angela Merkel, presidents of Emmanuel Macron, Donald trump and the Prime Minister Theresa may.

The document notes that countries “urge Russia to Express its position on all issues connected with the attack in Salisbury, and Russia, above all, must fully disclose the OPCW programme to develop gas “Beginner”.

It is also claimed that London expounded his partners a version according to which Russia “is with high probability responsible for the attack”. According to the statement, the countries “share the assessment of the United Kingdom that there is no convincing alternative explanation,” and concluded that “Russia’s refusal to answer fair questions of the UK government gives us an extra reason to declare its responsibility”.

Case Skripal

A former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, who was convicted for spying for British intelligence, and his daughter Julia suffered March 4 in Salisbury, exposure to nerve agents. Currently they are in the hospital in critical condition. May, accusing Russia of “unlawful use of force” in the Kingdom, announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and other measures against Russia.

The Russian side has categorically denied any involvement in the incident and announced the adoption of retaliatory steps in the near future.