Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the recent statements by British officials regarding the incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury

Submitted on Thu, 09/06/2018 - 14:58

The British authorities once again highlighted the issue of Russia’s alleged involvement in the incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury, following a scenario that everyone is tired of. Without any documentary support or trustworthy testimonials, they have declared that there is sufficient evidence to indict two Russian nationals and published photos of the two men whose actual nationality is still not confirmed.

These steps follow the same pattern over and over. Unsubstantiated accusations are being brought against the Russian side while the accuser also declares its flat refusal to have any contact in order to establish the truth. Instead, we hear absurd demands that we clarify a situation that has nothing to do with us, as we have repeatedly stressed.

We cannot but notice that both British and American colleagues are following the same scenario. Without bothering themselves with producing any substantial evidence, they simply proclaim lists of some “Russian agents” in order to justify, in one way or another, the witch hunt launched by London and Washington.

Our requests for a joint investigation and legal assistance in the criminal case initiated by Russian law enforcement authorities on the attempted murder of a Russian national in the United Kingdom continue to be ignored by the British side. Moreover, we can clearly see London’s reluctance to cooperate in establishing the truth.

One thing is clear: the so-called Skripal case insited by the British authorities is being brought to a deadlock on purpose. Instead of carrying out a genuinely independent, objective and transparent investigation into the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents, London stubbornly uses the anti-Russian speakerphone diplomacy continuing the propaganda show in the spirit of the notorious “highly likely”.