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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.


02.04.2018 - Russia’s questions to France regarding the Skripal case fabricated against Russia by the United Kingdom

On March 31, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Paris delivered to the French Foreign Ministry a note with a list of questions to the French side regarding the Skripal case fabricated against Russia: 1. On what grounds did France become involved in the technical side of the United Kingdom’s investigation of the incident in Salisbury? 2. Has France officially notified the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of its involvement in the technical side of the investigation of the incident in Salisbury?


02.04.2018 - The Russian party’s questions for the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat regarding the UK’s fabricated “Skripal case”

On April 1, the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sent the following questions regarding the fabricated “Skripal case” to the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat: 1. What kind of assistance has London requested from the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat? 2. Will the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat, acting in accordance with the established procedure, share information with the Executive Council, including Russia, which the UK will provide to the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat as per Clause 38 (е) of Article VIII of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which stipulates the provision of “technical evaluation to States Parties in the implementation of the provisions of this Convention, including evaluation of scheduled and unscheduled chemicals”?


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?


31.03.2018 - Embassy Press Officer comments on the UK explanation of the search of an Aeroflot flight at Heathrow

Question: UK Security Minister Ben Wallace has explained that yesterday’s search of an Aeroflot plane at Heathrow was a “routine” procedure aimed at protecting the UK “from organized crime and from those who attempt to bring harmful substances like drugs or firearms into the country”. Are you satisfied with this reply?


30.03.2018 - Embassy Press Office replies to a question regarding the search of an Aeroflot plane at Heathrow

Question: How would you comment on the news on an Aeroflot plane being searched at Heathrow Airport? Is it true that the search was conducted in violation of the existing rules? Answer: Today, we have witnessed another blatant provocation by the British authorities. Border Force and Customs officers have searched the aircraft that was conducting the Aeroflot flights 2582 / 2583, Moscow – London – Moscow. This kind of event is extraordinary.


30.03.2018 - Embassy press officer answers question on Yulia Skripal case

Question: The British media reports that Yulia Skripal is recovering. Her relatives – are they going to visit her in London?


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