MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Representatives from the UK “worn” around the world, demanding to follow their example in the case of poisoning ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. This was stated to journalists on Friday, Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
“The British “rush” all the world, require that the partners followed their example”, – said the Russian Minister, commenting on reports that a number of countries of the European Union may withdraw its diplomats from the Russian Federation in connection with the incident in Salisbury. “We must follow the example of those people who are in favour of dialogue, such as the majority,” – said Lavrov.
On the eve of 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. As reported TASS a source in the sidelines of the EU summit, some countries are also considering to withdraw its diplomats from Russia, or to send to Moscow, the Russian.
On March 4, former GRU Colonel Sergei 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.