On April 5, at the Moscow Conference on International Security Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated the UK is mocking the international law and ethics unreasonably blaming Russia for the nerve agent attack last month that left former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in a critical condition.
“The Skripal case was a fictional and trumped-up pretext to unreasonably expel Russian diplomats, without producing any evidence, not only from the US and the UK but also from many other countries, who were arm-twisted into going along”.
“We will continue to respond adequately to such steps, but, by the same token, we want to get to the truth. We insist on a substantive and responsible investigation in full compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention”.
On April 4, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized “100% lie” about Russian rejection of the constructive dialogue with the UK:
“Great Britain is rejecting any contacts with the Russian Federation at any level on its initiative, officially and even publicly. Moreover, it is doing everything to make the public perceive this situation as if it is the Russian side that is rejecting interaction”.
Zakharova emphasized the importance of the true investigation in this case:
“On the basis of motivated cooperation will help clear up all circumstances of the Salisbury incident. Russia is ready for that”.
Russian government appealed to initiate a special session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over the Skripal poisoning case to clear up the situation according to the international law.
The Russian proposition to conduct a joint investigation with Britain was rejected, getting only six votes from the 41-member executive body. However, Russia’s ambassador Alexander Shulgin marked that “more than half of the members of the executive council” abstained, i. e. refused to support the Euro-Atlantic stance.
The British government refused any possibility of joint Russian – UK investigation.Due to it Shulgin said:
“They tell us that they can inform us of the results of this investigation … only with the good will of Great Britain.”
“But, knowing how our so-called partners have conducted themselves, we are not going to count on their good will.”
OPCW session was held amid a major failure of the British diplomacy. It appeared that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson boldly lied that Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down had been “categorical” about the Russian origin of “Novichok”. As On April 3, the chief executive of the DSTL told that they cannot link samples of the agent to Russia.
On April 5, the British newspaper “The Times” released an interesting article, in which as always anonymous security “sources” claimed that Britan had identified a possible origin of “Novichok”, obviously from Russia, and the location of the laboratory, obviously in Russia. The “sources” also underlined that Russia could conduct tests to check poison’s availability for contract murder.
Meanwhile, another British outlet “The Sun” claimed that one of the “Novichok” laboratories was situated in Yasenevo, Moscow district.
The only problem of these reports is that they are based on “anonymous sources” rather than any evidence.
Without any real facts, the Euro-Atlantic establishment can only continue to buzz and lug “mysterious” anonymous sources to affirm its unprecedented blaming. However, it seems that Russia still hopes that “reason will prevail.”