Zakharova not rule out the involvement of British intelligence to the point Skripal


MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/. Concealing London information on the case of poisoning in Salisbury Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia can talk about the involvement in this incident British intelligence. In an interview with “Fifth channel”, extracts from which were published Saturday on the website of the TV channel, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“We have no information on this case so far. The only official opening, which we got from the UK came relatively improve the condition of Yulia Skripal. Therefore, to talk about the involvement of UK officials to the story directly is difficult, but suspicion of this is,” she said, adding that “the concealment of information the concealment of the details of the incident suggests that, indeed, this might be connected, in particular, the British intelligence services.”

The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry also noted that the UK spends “enormous propaganda” to involve private and international media, as well as the public and political “heavyweights” in the provision of ideological pressure on Russia. “Pressure to force Russia to accept the blame, which is generally not based on nothing,” said she.

“The situation is all hand – made. It’s not just “so happened”, this is not a misunderstanding, it is conscious of the desire to bring the entire history associated with declaring Russia an enemy , to a new level”, she concluded.

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.

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