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966 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     958 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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10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on medical treatment that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are receiving in the Salisbury hospital

Q: According to the statement of the Medical Director at the Salisbury District Hospital Dr Christine Blanshard, Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and Sgt Nick Bailey, have been exposed to a nerve agent. How does this correlate with the letter of one of the doctors of this Hospital Stephen Davies sent on 16th March to “The Times”, where he wrote that “no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning”? A: Careful analysis of Stephen Davies’s letter and the statements by Dr Christine Blanshard of 29 March, 6 and 10 April shows that the Salisbury Hospital has never confirmed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal had any symptoms of chemical poisoning and that they were treated precisely for this. Notably, today Dr Blanshard has abstractly enumerated the general symptoms of such poisoning and explained how they are usually treated. At the same time, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to assure us that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are receiving high-quality medical care, again without details.

10.04.2018 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a question on Yulia Skripal's discharge from the hospital

Q: How do you assess the recent reports that Yulia Skripal has been discharged from the hospital? A: We are genuinely happy for Yulia and wish her a further recovery and rehabilitation. The Embassy wants to pay tribute to the professionalism of the medical staff at the hospital in Salisbury.

10.04.2018 - Debunking the British case against Russia: the Embassy’s response to Boris Johnson’s article in the Sunday Times

The Foreign Secretary’s article in the latest Sunday Times has become a useful summary of the accusations put forward by the UK Government against Russia in the context of the 4 March 2018 incident in Salisbury. They are based on a number of claims that, put together, have allowed the UK to declare that it is “highly likely” that the Russian state is responsible for an attempted assassination of Sergey and Yulia Skripal with the military-grade nerve agent identified as “Novichok”. Let us address Mr Johnson’s claims one by one.

10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer's comment on new media reports on the version of Skripal's poisoning

The Embassy has taken note of British media reports that Russian citizens Sergey and Yulia Skripal were poisoned by a nerve agent in the form of a transparent and odourless gel which it said to have been smeared over the door handle “by Russian agents in broad daylight”. It was also said that “by chance” doctors with specialist chemical weapons training were on duty at the Salisbury hospital when the victims were admitted. This is yet another example of potentially vital information circulating in the media without the Russian side receiving anything from the British authorities through official channels. The Embassy sent today another Note Verbale with a request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to confirm or deny the above-mentioned media reports.

10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s comment on the British investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov

The Embassy is unsatisfied with the level of interaction with the Metropolitan Police concerning the circumstances of the death of the Russian citizen Nikolay Glushkov and the course of the (hopefully) ongoing investigation. Despite the fact that Mr Glushkov was murdered on 12 March 2018, the Embassy has received virtually no information regarding the circumstances of his death and the course of the investigation, which is a matter of concern.

10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on destruction of evidence in relation to the Salisbury poisoning

Q: It has been reported that Mr Skripal’s house, “The Mill” pub and “Zizzi” restaurant in Salisbury, will be destroyed. What is your response to that? A: This confirms that the UK has embraced a policy of destroying important and valuable evidence. We have seen this already with Mr Skripal’s animals, the bench where Mr and Ms Skripal were found etc.

09.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on possible resettlement of Sergey and Yulia Skripal

Q: How do you assess the recent reports on the possibility of Sergey Skripal and Yulia Skripal to be resettled to the USA, Australia, Canada or New Zealand and offered new identities? A: This would be another gross violation of international law. Since the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal the United Kingdom has not complied with its international obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the bilateral Consular Convention by not allowing consular access to the Russian citizens and not providing any verifiable information on their wishes in that respect.

09.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on alleged interception of messages concerning the Salisbury poisoning by British analysts

Q: How would you comment on reports in the British media that British analysts intercepted messages that might be connected to the Salisbury poisoning? A: Media reports that on 3 and 4 March “RAF analysts” in Cyprus intercepted two messages, which included the phrases “the package has been delivered” and that two individuals had “made a successful egress” are unconvincing, as are the attempts to link those messages to the Skripals case.

09.04.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s response to a question of the International Affairs magazine

Question: The Embassy’s Press officer informs that you have requested a meeting with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. What are you planning to discuss?

08.04.2018 - Comment on the British investigation of the death of Mr Nikolay Glushkov

The Embassy has just received a Foreign Office Note Verbale regarding the death of the Russian citizen Mr Nikolay Glushkov in London on 12 March 2018. The Embassy appreciates the response, however the Note contains no information other than referring us to the Metropolitan Police in case we have any questions.

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