Contents tagged with Sergei Skripal

  • Russian Foreign Minister: Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned with substance developed by NATO

    According to the information of the research center in Switzerland, a benzilate-class toxin or “BZ” substance developed and used by the USA and the UK was allegedly used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov stated on Saturday at the meeting of the Council of Foreign and Defense Policy, RIA Novosti reports.

    Lavrov explained that Russia received such information from the Swiss center of chemical-radiological analysis in the town of Spiez through …

  • Ukraine may replace diplomats expelled from Russia

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is working to replace the diplomats who were expelled from Russia, as reported by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on European Integration, Olena Zerkal.

    “Thirty-seven of our diplomats still remain. Now we are submitting the missing number for approval,” she said.

    Zerkal noted that despite the reduction in the number of Ukrainian diplomats in Russia, the Foreign Ministry continues to work to ensure the protection of the rights of …

  • Russia comments on British analysis results for Novichok poison

    Russian Official Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the reports that the experts from the British military laboratory in Porton Down were unable to determine where the “Novichok” gas that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal was produced.

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if now or tomorrow Theresa May and that entire brilliant team said that all their statements in parliament and knocking together of world coalitions are the result of Russian hackers hacking Disney’s animation …

  • Russia expels a Montenegrin diplomat

    According to a report by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia has decided to expel a Montenegrin diplomat in response to a similar step by Podgorica.

    On Monday, the Ambassador of Montenegro to the Russian Federation was summoned to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “He received a note of protest,” the statement of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “and it was announced that in response to the unjustified demands of Montenegro to expel the Russian diplomat on the basis of …

  • Germany’s Foreign Minister: the West lost trust in Russia

    Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas said that the decision of German authorities to expel four Russian diplomats in relation to the Skripal case was taken in solidarity and support of the United Kingdom. In an interview with the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Maas stated that it is very important that western countries united against Russia, as Moscow has destroyed the West’s trust through its recent behavior.

    “Russia’s behavior in recent years has undermined a lot of trust,” Maas said. …

  • Media: More than a dozen vials of Novichok poison were lost from Russian Research Institute

    Nine to fourteen vials of the poisonous substance Novichok disappeared from the Russian Institute during the 1990s, an analogue of which, according to the United Kingdom, was used to poison former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal. According to the Russian news outlet the Republic, the investigative evidence of the Russian General Prosecutor's Office and the FSB indicate the involvement of scientist Leonid Rink in the poison’s disappearance.

    Rink worked as head of the laboratory at …

  • European Parliament MP: Some EU countries did not expel Russian diplomats because of 'Russian black money'

    Some EU countries have ignored the joint response to Russia's use of chemical weapons in the British town of Salisbury because of personal interests in relations with Moscow,  stated by Sven Giegold, a representative of the Green Party in the European Parliament (EP), UkrInform reports.

    "Many countries that turn their backs on EU’s Russia policy are under the influence of dirty money from Russia. The division of Europe is based on inglorious individual interests vis-à-vis Russia. Cyprus, …

  • Serbian president promises Putin not to expel Russian diplomats

    Serbia does not intend to join the other countries in its region in the expulsion of Russian diplomats, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call.

    “President Vučić told President Putin that Serbia will not take part in any measures whatsoever against the Russian Federation, and will not expel Russian diplomats, despite the fact that all the other countries in Serbia’s region have done so,” the Serbian president’s website states.Serbia is a …

  • Kyiv bans entry to 23 Russians expelled from UK

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has placed an entry ban on the 23 Russians who were expelled from the UK in connection with the poisoning of former intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, as announced in statement of the SBU’s website.

     “SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak said that their activity is a brazen mockery of one of the key functions of the diplomatic representation determined by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 – to promote friendly relations between …

  • German MPs: Expulsion of Russian diplomats from EU was done in a rush

    Representatives of the German Bundestag’s Left have criticized the decision made by Berlin and various other EU states to expel their Russian diplomats in connection with the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in the UK. On Monday March 26, Foreign Policy Committee member Stefan Liebich from The Left party said that the expulsion of diplomats was “a wrong step, which needlessly exacerbates the escalation”.

    Berlin should make a greater effort to collaborate in the investigation, Liebich …