Lavrov Says Spy Poisoning Could Be in Interests of UK Gov’t

Lavrov also suggested that the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter “could also be in the interests of the British special forces who are known for their abilities to act with a license to kill”
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday suggested that the poisoning of a former double agent could benefit the British government by distracting attention from problems around Brexit.

The March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury has triggered a wave of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats between the West and Russia and sent relations plunging to new post-Cold War lows, AFP reported.

“This could be in the interests of the British government which found itself in an uncomfortable situation having failed to fulfill promises to its electorate about the conditions for Brexit,” Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow, referring to Britain’s planned departure from the European Union.

Lavrov also suggested that the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter “could also be in the interests of the British special forces who are known for their abilities to act with a license to kill”.

“There could be a whole number of reasons and none of them can be ruled out,” Lavrov said.

Britain has said it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the attack using a nerve agent developed in the USSR, a view backed up by its Western allies.

But Russia denies any involvement and has called for Britain to give it access to the nerve agent used.

Lavrov insisted that “serious experts “and “leaders of a whole number of countries” are questioning Britain’s account of the crime.

“Britain, I think, will not manage to evade answering these questions. Because they are already only too obvious and it’s only too obvious that our British colleagues have lost their sense of reality.”

Lavrov complained that the British authorities have still not give consular access to “our citizens,” and that the situation had not changed despite Yulia Skripal’s improved condition.

He said he hoped Sergei Skripal would “also follow this example” and get better.

Lavrov also denied the attack was “sophisticated,” saying that if it had been, the victims would have died immediately.

“If I understand correctly, sophisticated attacks usually lead to instant death,” he said.

  OPCW Investigation

If London fails to answer Russia’s questions on the Skripal case at the upcoming meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council, it will mean that the entire incident was a provocation, Lavrov emphasized.

“There are many questions, and the inability of our UK colleagues to answer them will mean only one thing—that this is all a fiction, and more specifically, a gross provocation,” he said.

Earlier, Lavrov said that Russia had officially proposed to convene an extraordinary session of the OPCW Executive Council on April 4 to have a “frank conversation” and establish the truth about the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK town of Salisbury.

Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko on Sunday said that the so-called Skripal case is a false flag operation conducted by the UK secret services, Sputnik reported.

“This provocation has been carried out by UK secret services. We are not provided with any facts, they refuse to cooperate with us. Such a state of affairs brings us to the judgment that it is a provocation organized by secret services,” Yakovenko told the NTV broadcaster.

The diplomat said that the provocation has been caused by two reasons, including the need to hide the fact that London had accepted almost all the conditions laid down by Brussels in the Brexit talks. The second reason is the intention to be a leader in the so-called deterrence of Russia and the need to gain the support of both parliament and people.


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