MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. The permanent representative of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov was not summoned for consultations in the case Skripal. He reported about it on air of TV channel “Russia 24”.
“At the moment no one for advice will not name” – said the Ambassador.
Earlier at a meeting in Brussels, the heads of state and government of the European Union decided to withdraw from Moscow for consultations of the Ambassador of EU in Russia Markus Ederer after the incident with the poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. As told TASS a source in the European Council, some EU countries also intend to follow the example of the UK and is considering to withdraw its diplomats from Russia or to expel Russian diplomats. According to the interlocutor of the Agency, “while less than half of the countries-EU members are willing to go to such measures.” Among them Poland, France and the three Baltic republics, he said.
According to Chizhov, the recall of the EU Ambassador from Russia – is the usual diplomatic reception.
“This is the usual diplomatic reception, giving a political signal,” the envoy said. He added that the period for which the Ambassador will be recalled to Brussels for consultations, as yet unknown.
“How long will such consultations, which in this case is unknown. International experience shows that sometimes they last a week, sometimes a month or two. But in any case, temporary event”, – he stressed.
Russia’s envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov also called the incident with the poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury artificial plot, pursuing a specific goal.
“The specific chemical incident in Salisbury, a purely artificial story, I think he pursues specific goals,” said the diplomat, adding that affected by toxicity you can truly regret.
Chizhov also indicated that the wave of information surrounding this incident in the British media is on the decline. “If you look at what you are aiming at a British newspaper today, is largely an American tariffs,” – said the Ambassador of the Russian Federation.
4 Mar Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his daughter Julia were in Salisbury, according to the British side, effects of nerve agents. Later London made a statement that this substance was supposedly developed in Russia, and on this basis accused Moscow of involvement in the incident. The Russian side has categorically denied all the speculation, arguing that programmes such substances neither in the USSR nor in Russia did not exist. Without presenting any evidence, London deported 23 of a Russian diplomat and expressed other anti-Russian measures, after which Moscow retaliated by sending out RF the same number of employees of the British Embassy, instructing to close the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Saint-Petersburg and to stop the activities of the British Council in Russia.