Russia urges UK to be 'transparent' in poisoning case

Not only Russia but 'whole world' wants to see evidence in case involving poisoning of ex-Russian spy: Russian ambassador

Russia urges UK to be 'transparent' in poisoning case

World Bulletin / News Desk

The diplomatic row between the U.K. and Russia continued Thursday with Russian complaints that British authorities were not sharing any information into the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia four weeks ago.

The Russian ambassador in London said at a news conference that “not only Russia but the whole world” wants to see the evidence linking the nerve agent used in the March 4 attack in Salisbury to the Russian state.

In the news conference held at the Russian Embassy, Alexander Yakovenko said the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would “probably” release their assessment results “in a week” and urged the British authorities to make the results available to “everybody”.

“Be transparent; be honest,” Yakovenko urged the U.K.

Yakovenko added the U.K. has refused so far sharing the sample of the substance said to be used in the attack, or any information on the health situation of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were admitted to a hospital after being found unconscious in the southern English city of Salisbury.

“Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia,” specifically from the Novichok group, British Prime Minister Theresa May said following the attack.

Meanwhile, a Metropolitan Police statement said Yulia Skripal spoke for the first time since the chemical attack and quoted her as saying that she is “glad to say my strength is growing daily.”

Thanking all who have helped when she and her father were incapacitated in Salisbury, Yulia Skripal also said “the entire episode is somewhat disorientating, and I hope that you’ll respect my privacy and that of my family during the period of my convalescence.”

The incident has drawn comparisons to the 2006 death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko after drinking radioactive tea. Former KGB bodyguards identified as suspects in the murder denied any involvement.

Skripal was granted refuge in the U.K. following a 2010 spy exchange between the U.S. and Russia. Before the exchange, he was serving 13 years in prison for leaking information to British intelligence. 

Russia missed a deadline by London to explain how a certain type of military-grade nerve agent was used in the attack.

A world-wide expulsion of Russian diplomats followed the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the U.K.

NATO and the EU have supported the U.K. and condemned the attack.

British Foreign Office said Yulia has refused to take up any help offer from Russia.

“We have conveyed to Ms Skripal the Russian embassy’s offer of consular assistance. Ms Skripal is now able to choose if and when to take up this offer, but to date she has not done so,” an office spokesperson said.

 

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