Contents tagged with Sergei Skripal

  • Attempt on Skripal threatens Gazprom’s business in the UK

    The attempt on the life of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the British town of Salisbury threatens Gazprom’s business in the UK, the Russian edition of DW writes.

    The publication notes that Britain is Russia’s fourth largest gas export market. Moscow has considered the country one of the most promising and important for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking on March 14 in Parliament in response to the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, also …

  • Kremlin denies developing the chemical agent 'Novichok' that poisoned Skripal

    Russia has never carried out any research to develop a chemical substance called "Novichok,"   stated the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.

    "Neither in the territory of the Soviet Union nor during the Soviet times, nor in the Russian Federation has there ever been research named directly or codenamed as "Novichok." The name was not patented; it was not used as some symbol, cipher or code," Zakharova said on Rossiya's 24 TV channel.

    According to her, the name itself was …

  • British foreign secretary refuses to shake hands with Russian ambassador after Skripal poisoning

    During his recent meeting with Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson refused to shake hands with him in compliance with the "British protocol," RIA Novosti reports.

    "There is certain British protocol for the cases when an ambassador is summoned to the Foreign Office. He [Johnson] sure showed in every way his concern about the Russian policy. He had to tell me unpleasant things and thus believed that the ambassador did not …

  • Germany: Assassination attempt on Skripal should be investigated in UN

    The former German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, who had just left his post, proposed for an investigation into the circumstances of the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal, to be conducted by an international group of experts, as he indicated on Thursday, March 15th, at an official ceremony of the German-Russian Forum, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the creation of this non-governmental organization.

    According to the former Foreign Minister of Germany, international experts …

  • NATO Secretary-General puts poisoning of ex-spy in Britain on par with Russian aggression in Ukraine

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has sharply condemned the use of nerve gas in the United Kingdom against former GRU employee Sergei Skripal and his daughter, reports Voice of America.

    Speaking at the launch of NATO’s Annual Report for 2017, Stoltenberg called the poisoning of Skripal "the first offensive use of a nerve agent on Alliance territory since NATO’s foundation."

    He described the attack as part of "a reckless pattern of Russian behavior …

  • Estonian prime minister cancels his visit to Russia after Skripal poisoning

    Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has decided not to visit Russia this spring on account of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, announced Estonian government spokesperson Urmas Seaver, as cited by the Estonian news outlet Postimees.

    According to Seaver, the organizers of Estonia’s 100 year anniversary celebrations suggested that the prime minister take part in the Estonian culture days in Krasnoyarsk between May 16-21. However, in light of the developments surrounding Skripal, …

  • French President Macron will not attend Russian stand at book fair in Paris

    According to the statement released by the Élysée Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron will not attend the Russian exhibition stand at the book fair in Paris due to the Russian Federation’s possible involvement in the recent poisoning of an ex-spy, Le Figaro reports.

    According to the report, Macron will not patronize the Russian stand even though Russia is an honorary guest of the event. "The President will not attend the official pavilion of Russia at the book fair… due to the assault in …

  • Russia: Britain could have obtained Novichok poison that was used on Skripal from the US

    Alexei Chepa, Deputy State Duma Committee for International Affairs, said that Britain could have received the toxic substance Novichok, which was used to poison the former spy Skripal and his daughter, from the United States, reported the Russian agency Interfax.

    “In the early 90s, specialized American companies utilized a company in Nukus (Uzbekistan), where this chemical weapon was developed (Novichok - Ed.). The Americans had access not only to the technology, but also had access to the …

  • Russia denies developing Novichok nerve agent that poisoned Skripal

    The toxic nerve agent called “Novichok” was not developed in the USSR or in Russia, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, as cited by Interfax.

    “I want to say with all possible certainty that there were no programs to develop toxic substances by the name of ‘Novichok’ in the USSR or in Russia,” he said. According to Ryabkov, “the claims that such a program allegedly existed are spread by people who were transferred to the west – not without the involvement of the governments of …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister calls for the removal of FIFA World Cup from Russia following the poisoning of Skripal

    Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, supported the position of Great Britain that the poisoning of former spy, Sergei Skripal, is the work of the Kremlin and called for denying the Russian Federation the ability to host the Football World Cup, as indicated in his statement on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

    "Recent events related to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Great Britain are very disturbing. Given the data of the British security …