UN receives questions sent by Russia to UK in Skripal case

Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, told an informal meeting of the UN Security Council that Moscow would publish questions sent to London about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Yesterday, at the initiative of Russia, an informal meeting of the UN Security Council was held on the topic “Risks arising from the politicization of the activities of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)”.

Nebenzya added: “Certainly not a day passed without looking at the Salisbury incident and the Alexei Navalny incident. We consider it indicative to use exactly the same tactics in relation to the above-mentioned incidents as in relation to the Syrian chemical case.”

He stated that Russia was the first to be interested in cooperating with the British side, in clarifying all the circumstances of what happened in Salisbury, but instead of conducting an objective investigation, the British authorities began to file charges against the Russian side.

The Russian diplomat said: “But in fact, while admitting the absence of any evidence, we all remember the phrase “very likely”, which is not much different from the phrase “reasonable grounds to believe” used by the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemicals. Weapons regarding The incident that occurred in the Syrian city of Douma.

Nebenzya stressed that the UK did not respond in substance to the numerous questions from the Russian side in connection with the incident. He referred to a report prepared by the Russian embassy in London entitled “Salisbury: five years without answers to questions”, which contained 80 pages.

He said: “We will take excerpts from this report and publish the questions that we asked the British side, and we have not received a response to any of them. I think the document will attract attention. We will do the same with respect to the incident with Navalny.” .”

The case of the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the British city of Salisbury on March 4, 2018 caused a deterioration in relations between Moscow and London, became the reason for the introduction of new sanctions against Russia and expulsion Russian diplomats from the UK and other Western countries are behind the incident , which supported the British narrative about the reputation of Russian intelligence, and the Russian government took retaliatory steps to these actions.

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