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11.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question about the reports on Yulia Skripal’s whereabouts

Q: Can you comment on the recent media reports that Yulia Skripal has been moved to a military base?


11.04.2018 - Embassy's comment on the claims that the UK has complied with its international obligation under Consular Conventions

Yesterday, the Embassy received a Note Verbale from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which states that “the United Kingdom has fully complied with its international obligations in relation to the requests of the Embassy of the Russian Federation for consular access to Ms Skripal and Mr Sergei Skripal”. We are surprised by such a statement. Our numerous requests for consular access to Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been left without a substantial reaction on part of the British authorities. We would like to know what exactly the British side did to comply with its international obligation under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the bilateral Consular Convention, and what were the reasons for such a unfounded conclusion?


10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer's comment on interaction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the investigation of the Salisbury incident

More than a month has passed since the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and almost a month since the Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of this crime.


10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on medical treatment that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are receiving in the Salisbury hospital

Q: According to the statement of the Medical Director at the Salisbury District Hospital Dr Christine Blanshard, Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and Sgt Nick Bailey, have been exposed to a nerve agent. How does this correlate with the letter of one of the doctors of this Hospital Stephen Davies sent on 16th March to “The Times”, where he wrote that “no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning”? A: Careful analysis of Stephen Davies’s letter and the statements by Dr Christine Blanshard of 29 March, 6 and 10 April shows that the Salisbury Hospital has never confirmed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal had any symptoms of chemical poisoning and that they were treated precisely for this. Notably, today Dr Blanshard has abstractly enumerated the general symptoms of such poisoning and explained how they are usually treated. At the same time, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to assure us that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are receiving high-quality medical care, again without details.


10.04.2018 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a question on Yulia Skripal's discharge from the hospital

Q: How do you assess the recent reports that Yulia Skripal has been discharged from the hospital? A: We are genuinely happy for Yulia and wish her a further recovery and rehabilitation. The Embassy wants to pay tribute to the professionalism of the medical staff at the hospital in Salisbury.


10.04.2018 - Debunking the British case against Russia: the Embassy’s response to Boris Johnson’s article in the Sunday Times

The Foreign Secretary’s article in the latest Sunday Times has become a useful summary of the accusations put forward by the UK Government against Russia in the context of the 4 March 2018 incident in Salisbury. They are based on a number of claims that, put together, have allowed the UK to declare that it is “highly likely” that the Russian state is responsible for an attempted assassination of Sergey and Yulia Skripal with the military-grade nerve agent identified as “Novichok”. Let us address Mr Johnson’s claims one by one.


10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer's comment on new media reports on the version of Skripal's poisoning

The Embassy has taken note of British media reports that Russian citizens Sergey and Yulia Skripal were poisoned by a nerve agent in the form of a transparent and odourless gel which it said to have been smeared over the door handle “by Russian agents in broad daylight”. It was also said that “by chance” doctors with specialist chemical weapons training were on duty at the Salisbury hospital when the victims were admitted. This is yet another example of potentially vital information circulating in the media without the Russian side receiving anything from the British authorities through official channels. The Embassy sent today another Note Verbale with a request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to confirm or deny the above-mentioned media reports.


10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s comment on the British investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov

The Embassy is unsatisfied with the level of interaction with the Metropolitan Police concerning the circumstances of the death of the Russian citizen Nikolay Glushkov and the course of the (hopefully) ongoing investigation. Despite the fact that Mr Glushkov was murdered on 12 March 2018, the Embassy has received virtually no information regarding the circumstances of his death and the course of the investigation, which is a matter of concern.


10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on destruction of evidence in relation to the Salisbury poisoning

Q: It has been reported that Mr Skripal’s house, “The Mill” pub and “Zizzi” restaurant in Salisbury, will be destroyed. What is your response to that? A: This confirms that the UK has embraced a policy of destroying important and valuable evidence. We have seen this already with Mr Skripal’s animals, the bench where Mr and Ms Skripal were found etc.


09.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on possible resettlement of Sergey and Yulia Skripal

Q: How do you assess the recent reports on the possibility of Sergey Skripal and Yulia Skripal to be resettled to the USA, Australia, Canada or New Zealand and offered new identities? A: This would be another gross violation of international law. Since the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal the United Kingdom has not complied with its international obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the bilateral Consular Convention by not allowing consular access to the Russian citizens and not providing any verifiable information on their wishes in that respect.


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