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31.03.2018

Embassy Press Officer on new questions to the UK concerning the Salisbury poisoning

Question: On Friday, the Embassy made public a list of 27 questions that Russia had asked Britain in the light of the Salisbury poisoning. Is this a closed list, or are there further questions?

Answer: Of course, with new information coming in, new questions appear. Today, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a number of fresh questions to the UK. They are as follows:

1) Why has Russia been denied consular access to the two Russian nationals, Sergei and Yulia Skripal, that have become crime victims in the British territory?

2) What specific antidotes were administered to Mr and Ms Skripal, and in which form? How were those antidotes available for the medical staff on the site of the incident?

3) On what grounds has France been involved in technical cooperation with regard to the investigation of an incident in which Russian nationals had suffered?

4) Has the United Kingdom informed the OPCW of France’s involvement in the investigation?

5) How is France relevant to the incident with two Russian nationals in the UK?

6) What British procedural rules allow a foreign state to be involved in a domestic investigation?

7) What evidence has been passed to France for studying and/or for a French investigation?

8) Were French experts present when biological material was taken from Mr and Ms Skripal?

9) Have French experts studied biologial material taken from Mr and Ms Skripal, and at which laboratories?

10) Does the UK possess the results of the French investigation?

11) Have the results of the French investigation been passed to the OPCW Technical Secretariat?

12) On the basis of which characteristics (“markers”) has it been ascertained that the substance used in Salisbury “originated from Russia”?

13) Does the UK possess reference samples of the military-grade poisonous substance that British representatives identify as “Novichok”?

14) Has the substance identified by British representatives as “Novichok” or analogous substances been researched, developed or produced in the UK?




LATEST EVENTS

18.04.2018 - Embassy press secretary answers media question on Ofcom investigations regarding RT

Q: Do you have a comment on the Ofcom statement regarding pressure on the channel RT? A: We have taken note of UK Government’s exercise of pressure on media, bordering on censorship, regarding the coverage of the Salisbury poisoning. In particular, the “Sunday Times” reported on 8 April that the National Security Council staff “had seized control” over the media response of the Salisbury incident. The media manipulation by the authorities is corroborated by multiple “leaks” of new versions of the incident which could not have appeared in any other way. Highly likely the apparent lack of interest from media outlets to gain access Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the doctors treating them and many other involved parties, in spite of evident public interest, testifies to the same.


18.04.2018 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s interview with TASS News Agency, April 15, 2018

Question: State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert claimed that Russia failed to live up to its 2013 commitments to assist in the elimination of chemical stockpiles in Syria. What is your comment? Sergey Ryabkov: The elimination process included close cooperation between the countries concerned, including the US, and went on under strict international control. At certain stages, Moscow and Washington were coordinating their moves in real time in the course of telephone conferences and continuous contact at various levels.


18.04.2018 - Statement by Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the OPCW A.Shulgin

Statement by Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) A.Shulgin at the 58th EC Meeting of the OPCW


18.04.2018 - Press release on the creation of the National Association of International Information Security

Faced with mounting threats in the information space, civil society continues to look for the most effective ways to counter these challenges, using various forms of consolidated efforts by professionals. The non-governmental sector is ready to contribute to international information security and make the information space a secure environment. In line with this trend, the National Association of International Information Security was set up in Russia on April 10, 2018.


17.04.2018 - Embassy press officer replies to a media question on a new version of poisoning in Salisbury

Q: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the UK has announced today that the nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury was delivered in a liquid form. How can you comment on this?


17.04.2018 - Embassy press officer replies to a media question on the British investigation of Nikolay Glushkov’s death

Q: A week ago the Embassy announced that Ambassador Yakovenko was planning to meet with Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Dick in order to discuss the ongoing investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov. Do you have any update on the issue?


16.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on allegations in the UK concerning “Russian cyberthreats”

Q: How would you comment on statements of the British officials and allegations in the media drawing attention of the public to “growing cyberthreats from Russia”?


16.04.2018 - Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on thePrime Minister’s statement on the use of force in Syria

Question: How do you assess the statement by the UK Prime Minister Theresa May accusing Russia of blocking an OPCW investigation of the events in Douma? Answer: This is completely untrue.


15.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question on the legal basis of air strikes against Syria

Question: The UK has published its legal position claiming that the legal basis for the strikes against Syria is “humanitarian intervention”. Does Russia agree with that?


14.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer comments on the findings of the Swiss experts regarding the Salisbury incident

Q. Is there any new information regarding the findings of experts from Switzerland in connection with the Salisbury poisoning?



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