MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. Case Sripala is a provocation of British intelligence, aimed at containment of Russia. Such opinion on Sunday in interview to the program “week” on NTV was expressed by the Ambassador of Russia in London Alexander Yakovenko.
“A few years ago Britain was actively contemplating what will be their role in the Western Alliance. And then, when it approved the concept of national security (“national security Strategy and strategic defence review and the UK security”, adopted in 2015 – approx. TASS), and shortly later, Theresa may, confirmed this, the British embarked on a leading role in the so-called containment of Russia”, – he said.
According to the Ambassador, to “deter” Russia needed “a powerful provocation to this position was supported by both the government and the people.” “Such wild provocation, most likely, and gave the British in order to accuse Russia in many aspects and keep it,” – said Yakovenko.
The diplomat also said that the UK will not be able to classify information in the case Skrobala, and London will have to answer for this provocation.
“I think that in this case, as in the case of [Alexander] Litvinenko, as in the case [Badri] Patarkatsishvili, [Boris] Berezovsky, [Alexander] Perepilichny, [Nicholas] Glushkov, the information at this time to classify not succeed. I am sure that Russia Britons will not be released from the legal field, the British will have to answer,” he said.
Yakovenko said that Russia is currently “chooses the technique” and determines which way to go. According to him, there are “serious suspicions” that the provocation was carried out by the British security services. “We refuse to cooperate, we do not present any invoices. That is, in fact, realities and lead us to the conclusion that this is a provocation of special services”, – said the diplomat.
4 Mar 66-year-old Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his 33-year-old daughter Julia has been 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 has taken retaliatory steps in returning from Russia, a similar number of staff 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.