Contents tagged with Sergei Skripal

  • 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 …

  • After Skripal's poisoning Merkel urges the West not to break off contacts with Russia

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was sworn in for her fourth term, supported negotiations with Russia, despite the Skripal case.

    "We take the findings of the British government very seriously (regarding the poisoning of Sergei Skripal by the nerve agent, Novichok, developed by the Russian Federation - Ed.). We will still be presenting a common European stance on this issue. However, I think we cannot break off all contacts at this time," the politician said.

    According to Merkel, it is …

  • Khodorkovsky claims Putin is involved in Skripal poisoning

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oppositionist who lives in Switzerland said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for the poisoning of former British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. "Putin ordered this done. That or he lost control of the special services, which is also likely," Khodorkovsky said on Tuesday, March 13, on German public-service television channel ZDF.

    Former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were found unconscious in Salisbury. England …

  • Russia calls British accusations of Skripal poisoning a 'circus show'

    The spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, has called a statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May regarding Moscow's possible involvement in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal a "circus show in the British parliament."  

    According to Zakharova, this is yet another information and political campaign “based on provocation.”

    "Before composing new fairy tales, let someone in the Kingdom tell what the outcome [was] of previous cases of Litvinenko, Berezovsky …

  • Russia concerned that UK will not share information about poisoning case of former intelligence agent Skripal

    The Russian embassy in London fears that an investigation into the poisoning of the British spy Sergei Skripal by a nerve agent will be classified by the Great Britain.

    "[The] Investigation of [the] Sergei Skripal case follows the Litvinenko script: most info to be classified, Russia to get no access to investigation files and no opportunity to assess its credibility," the diplomatic mission said on Twitter.

    Former GRU (Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate) colonel Sergei Skripal, who had …

  • Russia calls Great Britain's threats over poisoning of former spy 'absurdity'

    Moscow has reacted very negatively to statements by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson regarding the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal.

    "This is absurdity," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Interfax.

    Konstantin Kosachev, Federation Council Committee Chair on International Affairs, said earlier on Tuesday that the articulation by the UK Foreign Minister of the unverified version of events, including potential involvement by the Russian Federation in …