Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

United Kingdom appears to be 'destroying' evidence in Skripal case - Russian envoy

United Kingdom appears to be 'destroying' evidence in Skripal case - Russian envoy

The UK released the intelligence on Friday linking Russian Federation to the attack on the former double agent and his daughter.

The comments came in a letter from Sedwill to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the PA said.

Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom said the claim that Russian intelligence had been interested in the Skripals since at least 2013 came as a "big surprise".

"The British Government still hasn't produced any evidence in support of its position that would confirm their official version", he told a news conference at the Russian embassy in London.

"It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent worldwide chemical weapons controls", Sedwill said in the letter.

The Skripals were targeted by a nerve agent attack that left both of them critically ill for weeks.


Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, were admitted to a hospital after being found unconscious on a public bench on March 4.

"It is highly likely that the Russian intelligence services view at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination", he said.

He wrote: 'It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent global chemical weapons controls.

He said Russian Federation had a proven record of state-sponsored assassinations and had tested ways of delivering chemical weapons, including the use of door handles to spread nerve agents, as Britain believes was done in the Skripal case.

He said cyber specialists from the GRU - Russian military intelligence - targeted Yulia's email accounts as far back as 2013. The poisoning happened in the city of Salisbury shortly after she arrived from Moscow for a visit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said it is highly likely that Moscow was behind the attack although Moscow denies any involvement. Sergei Kripal remains hospitalised, but British health officials say he is recovering.


Sedwill's letter to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief detailed the grounds on which British authorities hold Russian Federation responsible of a suspected nerve agent attack targeting Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury six weeks ago.

Russian Federation has charged that British officials were keeping Skripal's daughter in isolation.

Separately on Friday, Russia's ambassador to Britain said he was concerned the British government was trying to get rid of evidence related to the case.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that a new report on the poisoning of a former spy does nothing to support Britain's contention that Russian Federation was behind the attack. Lavrov said Friday Russian experts inspected the site of the alleged attack in the town of Douma and found no trace of chemical weapons.

Police officers guard the cordoned off area around the home of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, Britain, April 3, 2018.


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