On May 4, a spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova stressed that blocking of information to mass media on the Skripal poisoning case could prove the involvement of British authorities in this anti-Russian provocation:
“The media campaign on this incident unleashed by the British side has subsided. All interest seems to have disappeared when it came down to the need to give straight answers to specific questions.”
Maria Zakharova also addressed the issue of the nerve agent used in the poisoning. The spokeswoman pointed false allegations of the UK that Novichok had been produced “in Russia only”.
More countries support Russia’s view at this situation. As an example, Zakharova mentioned the statement by Czech President Milos Zeman. On May 3, Zeman told Czech TV channel Barrandov that small amounts of the Novichok nerve agent were produced and stored in the Czech Republic.
After the March 4 poisoning of Skripals, the UK claimed that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union. London and its allies rushed to accuse Russia of being involved in the incident. Moscow rejected the accusations, describing them as a provocation against Russia. On April 29, Maria Zakharova stated that the UK media keeps silence over any details of the case.
During the briefing, Zakharova also noted that Moscow seriously doubts the information on the amount of the substance used to poison the Skripals. On May 3, the New York Times quoted Director-General of the OPCW Ahmet Uzumcu, as saying that about 50 to 100 grams of liquid nerve agent were used in the Skripal poisoning. That would be significantly larger amount than what would be created in a laboratory for research purposes.
“According to expert estimations, 50 to 100 grams of a toxic agent such as the one Great Britain has been referring to, would be enough to poison not just two people but everyone in the surrounding neighborhood. However, the two people in question managed to survive and recover, the British authorities say”, Zakharova said.
On May 4, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Russia would continue to work on UK denying Russia’s consular access to Skripals:
“We still do not accept Great Britain’s denial of consular access to Russian citizen Skripal,” he said. “We still don’t have any information about her whereabouts, while the necessary steps are being made through diplomatic channels in accordance with the Vienna Convention, and we still can see that Great Britain is violating the Vienna Convention. We will continue to work hard to that end.”
Dmitry Peskov emphasized that the remarks by Czech Pesident had been “a clear illustration” of the UK stance that “does not hold water”:
“Also, it is fresh confirmation of the absolute provocativeness and adventurism of the Skripal case in general. It is one more step towards the moment when ever more countries will start to feel they have been involved in an adventurist affair”.