LONDON, 6 Aug. /TASS/. The Russian Embassy in the UK recommended not to rely on the information of the newspaper that the British government intends to ask Russia to extradite two Russians, suspected of an attack using nerve agents in Salisbury. This is stated in a statement on Monday the message of the Russian diplomatic mission.
“Any official requests to this effect, the Embassy did not receive. Moreover, we must say that this kind of leak, citing unnamed sources it was already at least a hundred since the incident in Salisbury. Therefore, relying on this information should not. We do not have any credibility to unconfirmed media stuffing”, – said in a statement.
“To provide us with official information on the incident in Salisbury considered this publication as another stuffing, aimed at filling information pause and blurred situation associated with the failure of London with its international obligations in the context of the investigation of the attempted murder of two Russian nationals in Salisbury,” said the Embassy.
The Embassy of the Russian Federation drew attention to the fact that the Guardian article in the best British journalistic tradition makes the link between said nobody confirmed request and similar appeals of London on the “Litvinenko case”. “While carefully omitted important details. Using the fact that, in accordance with the Constitution of Russia, our citizens shall not be extradited to a third country, the British government has flatly refused to ask the questions to the Russians in accordance with the existing bilateral and multilateral mechanisms for legal assistance in presenting the matter as though the Russian side covers criminals. It looks like a political napersnitsa,” said the Embassy.
The diplomats stressed that “the Russian side is constantly seeking from the British authorities answer the key question of what actually happened in Salisbury”, while the British authorities to ignore the questions of the Embassy. “Russia opened a criminal case on attempted murder of Julia Skripal. Russian law enforcement agencies that have sent two requests for legal assistance in this matter, has repeatedly confirmed its willingness to cooperate with the British side. The official London contact”, – stated in the Russian Embassy.
In the British Ministry of internal Affairs to the correspondent of TASS reported that representatives of the office in the course of this article, but from comments in the Ministry chose to abstain.
Incidents in Amesbury and Salisbury
The British don Sturges and her companion Charles Rowley June 30, was hospitalized in Amesbury in critical condition. Later, the employee of Scotland Yard, in charge of the investigation, made with the assumption that they were poisoned as a Novice, the same nerve substance, which in March in neighboring Sosbee was poisoned by a former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his daughter Julia.
8 July it became known that Sturges died in hospital, while Rowley July 20, was discharged from the hospital.
According to British side, March 4 Skrypali 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. Experts from a British military lab was unable to determine the origin of matter, which was poisoned Skrypali.