The Embassy of the Russian Federation expects to hear the opinion of Yulia Skripal about the incident in Salisbury


LONDON, July 27. /TASS/. The Russian Embassy in London expects to hear the opinion of the daughter of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal – Julia – about the incident in Salisbury and hoped that she would have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Russian assessment of what happened. This was stated on Friday the press-Secretary of Russian diplomatic mission in the UK, responding to a question regarding the ongoing isolation of Yulia Skripal and the request to comment on her recent telephone conversation with my cousin Victoria.

It is not known

“The content of this conversation we reliably know nothing. The Embassy can neither confirm nor deny published about this information, including the fact that the British side is in breach of its international obligations still not gave us the opportunity to talk with Julia Skripal. This is not the first public statement, attributed to Yu Skripal, but even her televised address on may 23, did not dispel our serious doubts about whether she is free in his actions and statements. Then had the impression that Julia is not spoken from myself, her performance was dictated, as indicated by the facts which we have previously mentioned,” – said the diplomat.

As stressed by the representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, the main point is that if, as Victoria says, Julia really recently gained access to the Internet – then still access she was not, despite all the statements of the British side about its freedom of communication with the outside world.

“Well, better late than never, and now, we hope, Julia Skripal an opportunity to get acquainted with the Russian assessment of what happened in Salisbury, including publication of the Embassy to see how the Russian side unsuccessfully trying to obtain consular access to her and her father, to seek from the British side to ensure that their rights and interests are not violated. We know about Julia declared unwillingness to communicate with us – hope to hear her opinion in a free conversation, not recorded under the control of the police video,” – said the spokesman.

The Russian diplomat again called on official London to comply with their obligations under international law.

The incident in Salisbury

According to British side, 4 March Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his daughter Julia were in Salisbury to combat effects of nerve agent family “Rookie”. The UK government made a statement that Russia, with high probability involved 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.

Subsequently, the head of the military laboratory at Porton Down Gary Aitkenhead said that British experts are unable to determine the origin of matter, which was poisoned Skrypali.

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