MOSCOW, March 23. /Offset. Maria Khrenova TASS/. Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov called the chatter of the charges of the London to Moscow in the case of the convicted in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal.
“Another point that draws attention to what is happening in the last days, is an ongoing effort [UK] to switch the attention of the public in the EU and the international community as a whole with the substantive side of the case on those emotions, labels, clichés that are never-ending flow from a number of capitals and that the efforts of the media in the West, not just glued to our line, but are imprinted in the minds of those who consume this information product base,” said a senior diplomat.
According to him, Moscow at present “says brand in different planes with great Britain and her associates.” “We in Russia speak to the point, talking about the case, focusareas to immutable, indisputable facts, among which the reluctance of London and indulge him in other capitals whatever way to share with us the facts, without which it is simply impossible for a normal, serious discussion of this topic,” – said the Deputy Minister.
“Instead, the London diligently builds a chain of accusations against Moscow, stringing on his “argumentation thread” everything starting from the case of Sergei Magnitsky and ending mythical hacking attacks allegedly emanating from Russia – continued Ryabkov. There plaiting and Crimea and the Donbass, anything”. “You saw for yourself how this “training manual” that is announced in the playback of gramophone records on various international platforms, were made at the foreign Ministry briefing from representatives of great Britain, drew the attention of the Deputy foreign Minister. – What we list in the form of specific questions, and without answers it is impossible to engage in a substantive dialogue, it is simply discarded”.
The result “once again going into the plane of reasoning about some misinformation that supposedly comes from Moscow,” said Ryabkov. “And what is this misinformation?” – he asked, referring to the British side. “Where they see it? That was misinformation, there needs to be information,” said Deputy foreign Minister.
“We have no information about what happened in Salisbury and as under investigation. So it’s all chatter and incompetent attempt to introduce the audience astray”, he concluded.
The European Union in the Skripal refuses to work with facts, definitions vnutriigrovoy solidarity became for a number of countries beyond common sense, believes Ryabkov.
“We all explained my position in full. If the EU don’t want it to be considered neglect are very serious inconsistencies that seem obvious to us, British position, this is by and large a Testament to the EU’s refusal to work with the facts and with reality, and a reflection of the fact that the concept vnutriigrovoy solidarity beyond common sense,” said a senior diplomat.
He stated that “the European Union as a whole and each country separately of course, can decide what he thinks is right”. “But the consequences of those decisions will be, imply, two-edged, as colleagues in the European Union could make in a multitude of situations such controversial nature of the content,” he warned. “These are the sort of steel standing dish in the politics of a number of countries,” added the Deputy Minister.
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.
London did not provide Moscow with any information about the real state of the convicted in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain of ex-GRU Colonel and his daughter, poisoned in Salisbury. This was stated on Friday in an exclusive commentary by TASS, the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov.
“No, no information there at all,” the diplomat said, responding to a question.
“That series of messages, which on this topic was held at the British media, of course, we fixed, – he continued. But one thing the newspaper article and stuffing the Internet, and another thing – the official information received from the authorities. This is a different category.”
Ryabkov said that Moscow on this issue cannot be based on hearsay and information stuffing. “The more that is nothing but a distortion of the real situation, with officials of the UK in recent days, we have not heard, – he stated. – So I trust the British side can’t be”.
Investigation of the OPCW
Russia did not want the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) was going on about the London in the case of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, said the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov.
“Are we going to continue [the cooperation with the OPCW], Ryabkov said. – We do not wish to have this respected organization, which is probably one of the most successful in the field of nonproliferation and arms control, in the truest sense of the word went on about the British and fond of finding legalists arguments which would help the Secretariat of the organization to cover up their own unwillingness to answer numerous questions that we have to them, too.”
“How, in what format, on what basis they cooperate with the Brits – all that in the last days also repeatedly voiced our representatives on relevant markets”, – said the Deputy head of the foreign Ministry.
Ryabkov added that any claims to Russia in the plan of implementation of the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons (CWC).
“Our track record in the framework of the CWC impeccable, flawless, no complaints to us simply can not be, this has been confirmed by the organization itself,” – said the diplomat.
“If now the OPCW [Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons] because of various reasons, begins to get involved in the dirty political games, this is a new situation, it will also have to deal with – continued Ryabkov. – We will work to remedy the situation, on the restoration of normal operation from the point of view of the interaction between member States and the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW”.
Russia signed the CWC on 13 January 1993 and ratified 5 November 1997. In accordance with it, the country declared the presence of nearly 40 thousand tons of chemical weapons and pledged to completely destroy.
Practical work on the elimination started in December 2002 when the village of Gorny (Saratov oblast) was put into operation the first plant for the destruction of ammunition with poisonous substances. Then in Russia was opened six objects on the elimination of chemical weapons in the towns of Kambarka (Udmurtia, 2005), Shchuchye (Kurgan oblast in 2009) and Pochep (the Bryansk oblast, in 2010); the town of Mirny (Kirov region, in 2006), Leonidovka (Penza oblast in 2008), Kizner (Udmurtia, 2013). Plants in Gorny and Kambarka completed the destruction in 2005 and 2009, respectively, and four sites were closed in 2015.
27 September 2017, with the destruction of the last of the munition object in Kizner completed its work, the OPCW inspectors have officially confirmed the complete destruction by Russia of all its stockpiles of toxic substances.
Toxic substance “Newbie” was never in service with Russia, making statements in the mass media, the developers do not have full information on this issue. This was stated on Friday by Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in exclusive comments to TASS.
“I emphasize that in order for something or other affects the vehicle was put into service – I’m in this situation talking about the period when this was possible, that is, until our country’s accession to the CWC, it was necessary to go through a series of complex procedures. I am sure that even uninitiated it is clear that such decisions are made not by developers of certain substances, – the diplomat noted. – The people who now speak out on this issue, openly talking about the units what structures they worked. That’s why we now emphasize that they were not able to own the complete picture”.
“If for some reason the British its chemical agent A234 called “Beginner” that is a question for him and those of our fellow citizens who in the last years and decades living in the West”, – noted Ryabkov.
“We have such a means of destruction was, it was not taken into service and, accordingly, for this reason it is not in the list of substances that are stated in the framework of the Convention [on the prohibition of chemical weapons]: simply because it was not in service, it was not from us. Such developments, which could be considered a toxic substance under the code name “Beginner”, not existed and does not exist,” – said the Deputy Minister.
According to Ryabkov, the authors of the British television series used the word “Novice” before the case convicted in Russia of spying by ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, which confirms the non-Russian origin chemicals.
Deputy foreign Minister drew attention that some time ago in the UK was shown the TV series, “where in the story the authors used the word “Newbie”, describing the use of an to us unknown chemicals”.
“Do you think that the authors of this television series have received information on this subject from Russia? It’s all the same source, which is somewhere in the West, or sources plural now trying to use the situation to defamation of Russia as one of the parties to the Convention [on the prohibition of chemical weapons],” – said Ryabkov.
British TV series “strike back” (Strike Back) started 2010. The plot is tied around the military intelligence unit of the UK. In its sixth season, which aired in 2017, appears in the character (the head of the criminal organization from Belarus), which forced a scientist, who was his hostage, with criminal intent to develop a chemical that they called “Beginner”.
The briefing will Kripalu
The British Embassy in Moscow has not invited the representatives of the foreign Ministry briefing for foreign diplomats on the case. “They didn’t invite us,” said Ryabkov, responding to a question.
He explained this by the fact that the British partners “are not accustomed to hear the truth, especially when it is unpleasant”. “They used to listen only to themselves, believing that everyone else should listen to them, – continued Ryabkov. This is how it sounded in the comments from the audience during a foreign Ministry briefing”.
On March 21, the Russian foreign Ministry held a briefing for all accredited in Moscow, the ambassadors of foreign States to clarify the situation around the UK statements about the use of toxic substances in Salisbury in incident with ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Diplomatic missions EN masse responded to this invitation, although many of them were sent to a briefing not ambassadors, and employees of lower level.
Speaking on Wednesday at a meeting with foreign diplomats, the head of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Ermakov has declared full innocence of Russia to the poisoning Skipala and accused the British side that it refuses to cooperate in the investigation of the incident and in violation of international norms is not responding to Moscow. He also suggested that the attack on Skrypalia “is, most likely, another grossly rigged illegal adventure.”
The next day the British Ambassador in Russia Laurie Bristow called disinformation the data presented by the Russian side at the briefing, the Russian foreign Ministry on the case Skripal. “The Russian version of events were presented during the two-hour marathon of personal insults, lies and misinformation,” said Bristow on Thursday at a special briefing in the Embassy of great Britain in Moscow, where, according to the British side was invited more than 80 diplomats. His remarks are presented in Twitter Embassy. Bristow reiterated a version of London on the alleged involvement of the Russian Federation to the poisoning on March 4 in Salisbury Skripal and his daughter: “We came to the conclusion that, very likely, Russia was responsible for the attempted murder of Yulia and Sergei Skripal”.
March 4, Sergei Skripal 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.