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815 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     807 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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18.04.2019

Embassy Press Officer comments on media reports regarding children hospitalised and ducks killed as a result of the Salisbury incident

17 April 2019

Question: How would you comment on the New York Times report, reprinted by British media, alleging that CIA Director Gina Haspel persuaded President Trump to take strong measures against Russia following the Salisbury incident by showing him photos of children exposed to chemical poisoning and those of ducks killed by nerve agent?

Answer: As everyone else, we learned of the existence of such photos from the New York Times piece. The information on hospitalised children and killed ducks is surprising. The British authorities and media have indeed reported that some members of the public, including children, underwent medical checks as a precautionary measure. However, none of them had any signs of poisoning. Similarly, it has never been reported that ducks or any other animals were killed (apart from Mr Skripal’s pets, incinerated in the Porton Down laboratory for unknown reasons).

If the incident had resulted in any damage to children’s health, let alone on such a scale that looking at photos could dramatically change one’s attitude, this would have been made known to the public long ago, as another “proof” of “Russian agents” acting in a “reckless” manner. The same goes for the killing of ducks. As such information has never appeared, we assume none of this is true.

Therefore, if one is to believe the New York Times, one cannot help concluding that US intelligence services (possibly with collaboration of their British colleagues) arranged the new wave of the West’s anti-Russian campaign following the Salisbury incident by providing the President of the United States with outright fakes. This is the same attitude that we have seen in a number of “chemical weapons” episodes in Syria, and earlier in the “Iraqi WMD” saga.

As the New York Times mentions that the photos had been provided to the US by the UK government, the Embassy is sending an official request to the Foreign Office, asking them to confirm or deny this information.

18 April 2019

Question: Have you received any reaction from the UK to the Embassy’s request to provide information on whether children were poisoned or ducks killed in Salisbury, as alleged by a recent New York Times piece?

Answer: It would be overoptimistic for us to expect an official reaction within this time-frame. It is well known that dozens of our requests to the UK, related to various aspects of the Salisbury incident, have not been replied at all.

Yet today, media have quoted the Director of Public Health at the Wiltshire Council, Tracey Daszkiewicz, saying that “no wildlife were impacted by the incident and no children were exposed or became ill”. Sky News editor Deborah Haynes reports the same, referring to UK security sources.

Therefore, the question of what served as the basis for the US (and the UK) leadership to take decisions following the Salisbury incident only acquires further relevance. It is obvious that a direct fabrication has taken place. The CIA provided the President with fake photos, either manifactured in the US, or received from Britain.

We call upon the British authorities to urgently clarify the matter.

18 April 2019, 17:15




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