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289 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     281 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities


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06.04.2018 - Comment by Embassy press secretary on the Salisbury District Hospital announcement

We welcome the news of progress in Sergei Skripal’s recovery. We are grateful to the medical staff treating him and his daughter Yulia and wish them to get well soon. We hope that the improvement of Sergei and Yulia Skripal’s health will contribute to the investigation of the crime perpetrated against them. We are confident that an objective probe will ultimately establish that the claims against Russia by UK Government are null and void.

06.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s comment on the Salisbury poisoning investigation

Question: The UK says Russia has refused to answer its questions regarding the Salisbury poisoning. Some other countries are calling upon Russia to cooperate with the investigation. What is your response to that?

06.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s comment on the DEFRA statement regarding the fate of Sergey Skripal’s pets

Q: Do you have a comment on the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs statement regarding the fate of Sergey Skripal’s pets?

05.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a questionon health condition of Yulia Skripal

Q: Is there any new information from the British authorities regarding health condition of Yulia Skripal?

05.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer replies to media question regarding Sergey Skripal’s pet animals

Question: It is reported that Sergey Skripal, allegedly poisoned in Salisbury on 4 March, had pet animals at his home. Do you know anything of what has happened to them?

05.04.2018 - Press-officer’s comment on the article by the Foreign Office Minister of State Alistair Burt “Marking the anniversary of the Khan Sheikhoun attack”

We have taken note of the recent article by Alistair Burt, containing a whole range of baseless accusations aimed not only at Syrian government, but also (and, it seems, above all) at Russia. The obvious purpose of the piece is to undermine the Russian position as a responsible international player with a longstanding record of initiating and contributing to multilateral efforts in the field of arms control and non-proliferation.

04.04.2018 - Embassy press officer answers question on Skripal case

Question: The head of the Porton Down military laboratory, Gary Aitkenhead, has told Sky News that there is no antidote to negate the effects of the substance he calls “Novichok”. On the other hand, it is reported that Yulia Skripal who, according to British official statements, was poisoned by that substance, is recovering. Is there an inconsistency here? Answer: Indeed, we note discrepancies between various British statements. That’s why we have sought clarifications from the Foreign Office, together with samples of the substance used, something that has been refused.

04.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to the question regarding the participation of British companies in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

Question. How would you comment on the recent publications in “The Times” and other UK mass-media used to apply pressure on British companies in order to prevent their participation in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) to be held in May?

03.04.2018 - Alexander Yakovenko held a briefing for the diplomatic corps on the Skripals’ case and the death of Nikolay Glushkov

On 3 April a briefing was held at the Embassy for the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in London. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko drew attention of the participants to the fact that almost a month has passed since the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, and 3 weeks since the death of Nikolay Glushkov.

03.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer on an interview by Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead

Q: Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, told Sky News they had not been able to establish the origin of the substance used at the Salisbury poisoning. Do you have a comment on that? A: We understood from the very start that UK Government statements on the nerve agent having been produced in Russia were a bluff.

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