Contents tagged with Skripal case

  • Greece expels two Russian diplomats

    The Greek government has expelled two Russian diplomats and banned another two from entering the country, Athens-based newspaper Kathimerini reported on Wednesday.According to information from high-ranking Greek diplomatic sources, the measures being taken by Athens are a response to “illegal activity in Greece”, namely “interference in the internal affairs of Greece”. Among other things, the Russian diplomats are charged with “attempts to extract and distribute information, and bribe state …

  • Members of European Parliament call for boycott of FIFA World Cup in Russia

    60 members of the European Parliament called on EU member states to boycott the FIFA World Cup in Russia, DW reports.

    The initiator of this appeal is a representative of the Green Party, Rebecca Harms. She believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be a host of the World Cup while the war continues in Syria and Ukraine. She also pointed out that Russia supports right-wing extremist and anti-democratic parties in the EU and has been trying to influence elections.

    Overall, the …

  • Yulia Skripal refuses Russian help and tells cousin not to visit

    The London Police have disclosed a statement by Yulia Skripal, who was found poisoned in Salisbury with her father, former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal.

    According to the report, Yulia did not accept the Russian embassy’s offer of consular assistance.

    She also asked her cousin Viktoria not to visit her in England yet.

    According to Yulia Skripal, she is still suffering as a result of the nerve-paralysis agent that was used against her and her father.

    “I have left my father under …

  • Russian Ambassador to the UN: Skripal affair has damaged Russia’s role in the world

    Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, described the incident of the poisoning of former intelligence agent Sergey Skripal as a blow to Russia’s role in the international arena,   RIA Novosti reports.

    “This calls into question our legitimacy in general. This is a blow not only to our role in settling the Syrian issue, but to our role in the entire international arena,” said Nebenzya.

    He also said that the pressure now being brought on Russia is unprecedented. …

  • Skripal’s niece asks May for help with obtaining visa

    Sergei Skripal's niece Viktoria asked British Prime Minister Theresa May for help in acquiring a visa during an appearance on Sky News.

    In her address to May, the girl stressed that she primarily wants to visit her uncle and cousin in order to convey information about their health to her grandmother.

    "The whole world is now talking about an unprecedented political scandal, but real people are at the epicenter of this scandal. This is our family, which really needs to be together now," …

  • Russia requests meeting with British foreign minister on Skripal case

    The Russian Embassy in England has sent the British Foreign Ministry a memorandum requesting a meeting with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, the embassy’s press service reported.

    “A meeting of Alexander Yakovenko with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the entire range of bilateral relations and the investigation of the incident in Salisbury is long overdue,” the report states.

    The report notes that Yakovenko sent Johnson a personal note. The Russian Embassy has also …

  • Russia’s initiative for joint investigation of Skripal case rejected by OPCW

    The Russian proposal (drawn up with China and Iran) to hold a joint British-Russian investigation in order to clarify the issues in the so-called Skripal case did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority (28 out of 41 votes) at the extraordinary session of the executive committee of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

    According to the British Foreign Ministry, out of the 41 members of the executive council, six voted in favor of Russia’s proposal, 15, …

  • Russia promises to present 'clear proposal' on Skripal case

    At a session of the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on April 4, Russia will present “a clear proposal” which will facilitate the Skripal case investigation, Russia’s permanent representative to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin told Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview.

    “It is a simple, clear proposal, aimed at facilitating the investigation of the incident in Salisbury. I would not like to disclose it now, but believe me, it will be a good proposal, …

  • Russian Ambassador accuses U.S. special services of attempts to recruit Russian diplomats

    Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov stated in an interview with journalists that American special services have rapidly increased their efforts in recent days to sway and corrupt Russian diplomats leaving America, TASS reports.

    “We know the ways and means of American special services who try to establish informal… relations with our diplomats, the true purpose of which would be to persuade them to betray their country,” the diplomat said. Antonov stressed that the recent …

  • Estonia considers expelling Russian diplomats because of 'Skripal case'

    The Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, canceled his trip to Russia as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s independence. According to the Estonian Foreign Ministry,the decision was made after negotiations in Brussels, RBC news agency reports.

    “I decided not to visit Russia in May where I planned participate in activities devoted to the 100th anniversary of Estonia,” the press service of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign affairs quoted the Minister as saying. …