May's Statement on Skripal Case Unacceptable - Russian Foreign Ministry
20:08 05.09.2018(updated 21:58 05.09.2018)
The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement, commenting on UK Prime Minister Theresa May's speech concerning new data on the Skripal case that she delivered to Parliament earlier in the day.
Moscow believes UK Prime Minister Theresa May's statement on the Skripal affair is unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
"British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech in the British Parliament on September 5 on the so-called 'Skripal affair' and the incident of poisoning two British subjects in Amesbury has an absolutely unacceptable tone, and contains a number of categorical accusations against the Russian Federation and our two citizens… We strongly reject these insinuations," the statement published on the ministry's website said.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, London's attempts to "juggle" chemical weapons convention provisions have no future.
The ministry's statement comes after the UK Crown Prosecution Service said that it had sufficient evidence to charge two Russian nationals, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with regard to the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
The same day, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that the govenment had concluded the two individuals named by the police and CPS were officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.
Commenting on the statements, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said it was determined to cooperate with UK law enforcement agencies on the case involving the attempted murder of Russian citizen Yulia Skripal and receive evidence of possible involvement of Russian citizens.
On March 4, Sergei and Yulila Skripal were hospitalized as a result of a nerve agent poisoning. They were subsequently discharged by June. The current whereabouts of the father and daughter have been unknown, while the Russian embassy suggested that the Skripals could have been manipulated.
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