Russian Foreign Ministry Statement

Submitted on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:47

We strongly protest against the decision taken by a number of EU and NATO member states to expel Russian diplomats.

We consider this as an unfriendly act that is not consistent with the tasks and interests of establishing the reasons and defining the perpetrators of the incident that occurred in the town of Salisbury on 4 March. The provocative gesture of notorious solidarity of these countries with London, blindly following the British authorities in the so-called “Skripal case” without bothering to clarify the circumstances of the incident, is a continuation of the confrontational line towards escalating the situation.

Presenting unfounded charges against the Russian Federation in the absence of explanations of what had happened and refusing to engage in meaningful interaction, the British authorities have de facto adopted a prejudiced, biased and hypocritical stance.

The case is an attempt on the lives of Russian citizens on the territory of Great Britain. Despite our repeated requests for information addressed to London, Russia does not have any information in this regard. Neither do British allies have any objective and exhaustive data blindly following the principle of Euro-Atlantic unity at the expense of common sense, rules of civilised interstate dialogue and principles of international law. It goes without saying that this unfriendly step taken by that group of countries will not go unnoticed, and we will respond to it.