At the disposal of the media was a document with a closed briefing at the British Embassy.
The media leaked a presentation that representatives of foreign embassies received at a briefing at the British Embassy in Moscow 22 March. In the document the diplomats were told in detail about the "long list of hostile actions of Russia". The materials of the presentation are published by the newspaper Kommersant.
According to the publication, on the basis of this presentation, London made accusations against Russia and persuaded the EU countries to send Russian diplomats. Basically, the slides repeat the previously stated London theses, but with one important exception: Russia out of the category "highly likely" guilty of poisoning the defector has been transferred to the category of "guilty without the slightest doubt".
One of the slides includes 12 blocks describing incidents that London classifies as Russia's actions. Among them was the "November 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko," another Russian defector who died of polonium poisoning. Next are "DDoS-attacks on the Internet Estonia" in 2007 year, "invasion of Georgia", "the occupation of the Crimea", "destabilization of Ukraine", shot down over the Donbass "Boeing" MH-17, "breaking the Bundestag", "interference in elections in USA "," an attempt to organize a coup in Montenegro "," cyberattack to the Danish Ministry of Defense "and" attack using a virus-extortioner NotPetya ". This series is crowned by the "poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal" in March 2018. "
According to the publication, the presentation was shown and distributed in print 80 high-ranking representatives of foreign embassies 22 March, four days before the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats. One of the participants in the briefing, US Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman noted that London's position presented in the presentation seems to him "very convincing."
"They prepared a very qualitative and convincing review of this incident, comparing it with similar cases that took place in the past," Huntsman said.
The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova called the document and its presentation the largest manipulation of public consciousness. She wrote about this on her Facebook page.
Previously, 16 EU countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Norway, Ukraine and several other states decided to expel Russian diplomats in connection with the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. In particular, the US authorities announced that they are sending 48 Russian diplomats and 12 employees of the mission of the Russian Federation to the UN, as well as closing the Russian Consulate General in Seattle.
British spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned along with his daughter Julia 4 in the city of Salisbury in March. London laid the blame for the incident on Moscow. In turn, the Russian side categorically denies all the accusations in this case.