MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. Russia is interested in cooperation with the United Kingdom in the investigation of incidents of Salisbury and Amesbury, but the British authorities refused to provide information. This was stated on Thursday to journalists the Russian Ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko.
“We would like to receive official information from the British authorities. We are interested in the actual results of the investigation, he said. We would like to have access to the investigation. We want to cooperate with Britain, while the British authorities have refused to provide us with any information.”
The Russian Ambassador said that he expects upon returning from Moscow, where he participates in the meeting of ambassadors and permanent representatives of the Russian Federation, to meet with British foreign Secretary Jeremy hunt.
“I was told at the Embassy that I received a letter from first Deputy foreign Minister of UK, where the new foreign Minister sends greeting,” he said.
“I hope that on his return from the meeting I will hold a conversation with the new Minister of foreign Affairs, where we will try to discuss all the key issues,” the diplomat said.
Russia is waiting for official data on a suspect in the incident in Amesbury, not of messages in the British press, said Yakovenko.
“Unfortunately, we have no official statements of the British side. We want to hear comments from the Ministry of foreign Affairs, said Yakovenko, responding to a question. – There are numerous versions that we see in the media, are not supported by the statements of the British foreign Ministry”.
“Every time we see versions of British papers, we ask the British foreign office confirm this is true or not. Most of our queries we don’t get answers – continued Yakovenko. For me the message of Scotland Yard is the official statement”. “So we are waiting for information from the British authorities, not from the media, with all due respect to them”, – said the head of the Russian diplomatic mission.
30 Jun 45-year-old Charles Rowley and his 44-year-old girlfriend don Sturges was hospitalized in Amesbury in critical condition. 8 July Scotland Yard announced that Sturgis died. Investigators have opened a murder case. Sam Rowley subsequently regained consciousness and was interviewed by the police.
Leading incident investigation counter-terrorism division of the London police made a statement that Sturges and Rowley have been exposed to the “Newbie” is the same nerve toxin that in March, Salisbury was allegedly poisoned ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his daughter Julia. London blamed the incident on Moscow, which, in turn, has repeatedly denied allegations of his involvement in the incident in Salisbury.
15 Jul broadcasting Corporation Bi-bi-si has informed that a toxic substance was in the bottle of perfume. According to Scotland Yard, the capacity was discovered in the house in Rowley Amesbury. Investigators believe Sturges could spray the substance on the face and hands, considering that it’s perfume. According to the channel Sky News, she was hospitalized with injuries of the hands and face.