MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called “keep a sober mind” and expect evidence from the UK about the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal.
“Let’s keep a sober mind and still in the first place to expect evidence from the UK that made in London at a high-level statement has under itself the real thing” – Peskov said, when asked to comment on the words of German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Russia must provide proof of his innocence in that incident.
He stressed that “a basic understanding of the law in the first place talking about this necessity,” and that “we are talking here about the presumption of innocence”. According to the representative of the Kremlin, the statement Merkel “is definitely not encouraging.” As once again reminded of the Sands, “Putin has repeatedly said that Russia is not involved in this case is irrelevant – the case of possible attempted murder in the UK of a British spy”.
“To suggest otherwise is nonsense. Russia does not possess any stockpiles of chemical weapons were destroyed, including those under the supervision of international observers in strict compliance with the international obligations of the Russian Federation,” added the spokesman.
Last week Merkel at a press conference with President Emmanuel Macron said Germany and France are of the opinion that many of the traces in the assassination Skripal indicate that what happened in Russia was responsible.
Skripal and his daughter Julia have been on March 4, the effects of nerve agents. They were found unconscious in Salisbury. Both are now in hospital in critical condition. The British authorities accused Russia of involvement in the poisoning, but any evidence was not presented.