Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said Tuesday that British government has refused to provide Moscow access to materials related to nerve gas attack on former spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, in South of England last March 4th. Lavrov has argued that Moscow is not responsible for poisoning of exagent and has said that his executive is ready to cooperate. He has also insisted that his country will respond to London on attack on Skripal when it "fulfils its obligations" according to Chemical Weapons Convention and give it a sample of substance that was allegedly used.More information
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Lavrov's statements arrive one day after British government announces that it is "highly probable" that Russia is perpetrator of attack on Skripal and his daughter. The indictment was launched on Monday afternoon in parliament by Prime Minister Theresa May. The UK's conclusion is that attack was "a military-grade nervous agent of a type developed by Russia," May explained, as well as Russia's "recent record of conducting state-sponsored murders." "There are only two possible explanations for what happened in Salisbury on March 4," Prime Minister added. "It was eir a direct action of Russian state against our country. Or Russian government has lost control of this nerve agent from potentially catastrophic effects and has allowed it to come into hands of ors. "
The Russian foreign minister has said on Tuesday that London must deliver evidence to Moscow: "The United Kingdom, as its prime minister and its foreign minister should know, is a member, like Russia, of Convention on Prohibition of Chemical weapons ". He added: "As soon as suspicion of use of a banned substance was suspected, it would have to be immediately addressed to country from which substance is suspected." In addition, Russian government has convened on Tuesday Ambassador of United Kingdom to express his discomfort by accusations expressed by May: "We have already said that it is a point of view and that Russia has nothing to do with this case," insisted Lavrov.
Sergei Skripal, sentenced in 2006 for revealing identities of or Russian agents and refugees in United Kingdom, was deliberately poisoned with nerve gas with his daughter Yulia. The substance used in attack, as reported on Monday May, was identified by experts from British laboratory Gate Down as part of nerve agents known as Novichok. "Russia has produced m in past and we understand that it is still capable of producing m," British prime Minister said.
Skripal, who became a double agent in service of ML6 — British intelligence — was arrested and sentenced in Russia in middle of last decade. After his release in 2010 in a spy exchange, he received shelter in UK and settled in Salisbury. There, Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia, who had come to visit him from Russia, suffered a nervous gas attack during a trip to city center to eat at a restaurant. Both continue to be admitted to hospital in critical condition. It's also still logged in, grave although conscious, local police officer Nick Bailey, who first came to attend far and daughter, who had collapsed on a bank near pub Mill, in center of city, which y headed after Almorz Ar in Italian restaurant Sizzi.