The Russian Foreign Ministry begins an offensive against Britain. Provocation May will lead to her resignation, and those responsible for poisoning the violin and his daughter are deserved punishment.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued an explanation of its position on the case of Skripal and his daughter poisoned in Britain. IA REX publishes this statement of the Russian foreign policy department entirely
1. 12 March this year. the British Prime Minister, Ms. T. May, speaking at a hearing in the House of Representatives, said that "with high probability", the Russian Federation is responsible for poisoning 4 March this year. in Salisbury former Colonel GRU, double agent S. Skripal and his daughter Yu. Skripal nerve agent according to the British classification A-234.
The UK publicly raised the question of "hiding" part of the chemical industry by Russia and its "use". Accordingly, they spoke of Russia's "violation" of obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC), one of the most effective multilateral treaties in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, our country.
Thus, the UK expressed itself not only against Russia, but also against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and all the grandiose work done within its framework, including. with the participation of Britain itself, over the past two decades.
In accordance with the requirements of Article III of the CWC, the Russian Federation has submitted a full declaration of its stockpiles of chemical weapons. These data were thoroughly verified and confirmed by inspection teams of the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW. The fact of the complete liquidation of the Russian chemical corps is officially confirmed by the authorized international organization - the OPCW.
2. Given the seriousness of the accusations against our country, the Russian Embassy in London 12 March this year. sent a note to the Foreign Office with a request to provide access to the investigation data, incl. to samples of samples of a chemical, to which the British investigation refers, for study by experts in the framework of a joint investigation.
Thus, we proposed to proceed within the framework of paragraph 2 of Article IX of the CWC. In it, the Member States of the Convention are invited to resolve, through the exchange of information and consultations at the bilateral level, any issue that may cast doubt on compliance with this international treaty. Based on the provisions of this Article, Russia would be prepared to respond to the UK's appeal within 10 days.
Unfortunately, the British side refused this option of action and, instead of relying on existing international legal norms, went to the unscrupulous politicization of the issue.
3. The Prime Minister of Great Britain Mrs. T. Mei proposed to convene 14 March this year. a special meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss this issue. Foreseeing a dirty game on the part of London, Russia insisted that the Security Council meeting be open.
It is unclear what the British side was trying to achieve by bringing this issue to the UN Security Council. This topic does not fall under the mandate of the UN Security Council. Obviously, before receiving an opinion from the OPCW with an assessment of the Salisbury incident (it is important to know whether the nerve agent was actually used, if so, how the possible origin of the chemicals was determined, what actions and on what basis were taken in etc.), any discussions on this matter are simply meaningless.
4. 14 March this year. the Prime Minister of Great Britain Mrs. T. May, apparently having recovered a little, still sent a letter to the Director General of the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW A.Uzumju (distributed among all countries-members of the OPCW Executive Committee 15 March of this year) with a proposal to the Techsecretariat of the OPCW conduct an "independent analysis of the results of the British investigation" incident in Salisbury.
As it follows from the press release of the Foreign Office from 18 March of this year, in the development of the letter of Mrs. T. Mei, the Permanent Representative of Great Britain at the OPCW invited experts from the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW to visit Great Britain in order to conduct an independent analysis of the conclusions drawn by the British laboratory in N.P. . Porton Down regarding the incident in Salisbury. 19 March this year. experts from the OPCW arrived in the UK.
Russia expects from the OPCW an official detailed account of everything that is going on in the "case of the Violins". We proceed from the fact that the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW will conduct a full independent investigation in compliance with all relevant provisions of the CWC.
5. Russia has more and more questions, both legal and practical. We intend to persistently clarify them through the OPCW.
Russia declares that it did not use chemical weapons against Great Britain. We believe that the "attack" on the Violins with the use of toxic chemicals should be regarded as a terrorist act. In connection with the fact that during the incident, the Russian citizen Y. Skripal suffered, we propose to cooperate with the British side on Article IX of the CWC.
I would like to clarify the following points.
Where, who and how did you take samples from Sergei and Yulia Skripal? How was it recorded? Who can certify the reliability of the information received? Are all the requirements of the OPCW regarding the sequence of actions in the collection of evidence (so-called "chain of custody")?
By what methods (spectral analysis, etc.) the British side in such a short time managed to determine the type of chemical substance allegedly used (according to the Western classification of the "Newbie")? As we understand, for this it is necessary to have a standard sample of such a substance.
How does this haste correspond to the official statements of the Scotland Yard itself, that "for the relevant conclusions, weeks or even months of work will be needed"?
On the basis of what data and signs of defeat, the decision was quickly made to introduce antidotes to the affected Scriples and the British policeman, and did this speediness lead to serious complications in their health and subsequent deterioration?
What kind of antidotes were introduced? On the basis of what analyzes was it decided to use such drugs?
How can one explain the delayed action of a nerve agent, while it by its very nature acts immediately? It is alleged that the victims were poisoned in a pizzeria (according to other sources, in a car, airport, apartment, etc.). What happened in reality? How did it happen that they were found after some indefinite time on some street bench?
It is necessary to explain why the "The Skrypals case" was absolutely unfoundedly accused of Russia, while developments under the conditional western name "Novice" were conducted in Great Britain, the USA, Sweden and the Czech Republic. The results achieved by these countries on the creation of new poison agents of this type are reflected in more than 200 open sources of NATO countries.
6. Even from a purely humanitarian point of view, London's actions look simply barbarous. 4 March this year. in the territory of Great Britain (according to the British authorities themselves) an attack was carried out using chemical substances on the Russian citizen Yulia Skripal.
The Russian Federation demands that it provide comprehensive information on the progress of the investigation into the incident in Salisbury against Russian civilians (the corresponding note of the Russian Embassy in London was sent to 12 March this year).
The UK violates the elementary rules of interstate communication and, until now, without explanation, refuses Russian official representatives in consular access to Yu. Skripal in accordance with the Vienna Convention 1963 on consular relations. We have not been able to reliably determine what happened to our citizen for more than two weeks and in what condition she actually is.
The Main Directorate for the investigation of especially important cases of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation 16 March of this year. instituted criminal proceedings in connection with the attempted murder of a Russian citizen Yulia Skripal, committed in a generally dangerous manner in the UK.
The investigation will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of Russian law and international law. The investigation plans to involve highly qualified experts in the investigation.
Investigators are ready to work together with the competent authorities of Great Britain. We look forward to the cooperation of the British side.
7. In the UN Security Council, in the OPCW and on all other international platforms, the Russian Federation has consistently and consistently advocated that all offenses involving the use of chemical agents be thoroughly, comprehensively and professionally investigated, and those responsible are brought to justice.
We are ready for full-scale and open cooperation with the UK to address any concerns in the bilateral format, within the framework of the OPCW and other international instruments, to act in the international legal field.
Russia, as a responsible member of the international community and a conscientious participant in the CWC, will never speak the language of ultimatums and respond to informal oral questions.
The actions of Western countries around the fabricated "business of the Violins" contradict not only the norms of international law and the generally accepted practice of interstate relations, but also common sense. We, of course, fix all this in detail, and eventually the guilty will inevitably be punished.