Chairman of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs Leonid Slutsky commented on RBC the statement of British Prime Minister Theresa May about Russia’s involvement in the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury.
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“London’s position in the investigation of the poisoning of Skrypal reflects the latest Western trends: there is no evidence, but Russia is to blame. This is another provocation with unfounded accusations, which may have different goals and causes – both domestic political and related to the conduct of the electoral campaign in Russia for the presidential elections, “Slutsky said.
According to him, the statement of the British authorities is “absolute delirium”, which has nothing to do with Russia. “Britain needs to figure out what is happening inside its own borders, before clumsily trying to defame Russia,” the deputy concluded.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia found lying on a bench in a street in the British Salisbury on the evening of March 4. They were exposed to a nerve agent. Now Skripal and his daughter are in the hospital. Doctors assess their condition as severe, but stable. On March 12, British Prime Minister Teresa May stated , which is highly likely to be responsible for Russia’s actions against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
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The Sergei Skripal served in the main reconnaissance department (GRU) of the General Staff of Russia until 1999 and resigned in the rank of colonel. Until 2003, he worked in the management of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, and then engaged in business. In 2004, the FSB arrested Skripal on charges of cooperation with British intelligence. According to the investigation, the Russian was recruited in 1995, when he served in the Armed Forces. Violin pleaded his guilt. In 2006, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and in 2010 sent to the UK under a spyware exchange program after he was pardoned by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.