United Kingdom is 'playing with fire and will be sorry — Russia UN envoy

Casey Dawson
April 7, 2018

It did not elaborate.

She said that on March 21, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had deployed a team to Salisbury and collected samples, which were sent to several designated laboratories for testing. The attack put Skripal and his daughter in the hospital in critical condition.

Medical experts attributed their recovery to the readily available treatments and antidotes they likely received at the hospital.

According to British authorities, they were exposed to a military-grade nerve agent, and have blamed Russian Federation.

The ex-spy's 33-year-old daughter, Yulia Skripal, was also poisoned, but her condition had improved to stable last week.

Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter Yulia were found in a critical condition on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

Nebenzia compared the U.K.'s stance to propaganda under the German Nazi regime, saying: "This is all using the method of Dr. [Joseph] Goebbels - lies that are repeated a thousand times become the truth".

Lavrov, speaking on a trip to Belarus, said British officials have engaged in "frantic and convulsive efforts to find arguments to support their indefensible position" instead of producing evidence.

He said Britain and its Western allies are wrong if they expect Russian Federation to "confess to all deadly sins" it did not commit and "play by their rules".

Russian Federation had demanded on Wednesday to know what had happened to Skripal's pets, suggesting that they, too, could have been poisoned.

A senior Trump administration official said, "This [is a] response to Russia's continued attacks to subvert Western democracies".

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Russia's state television has aired a recording of an alleged phone conversation, which it says took place between one of the two poisoning victims in Britain Yulia Skripal and her cousin.

Ms Viktoria Skripal has repeatedly expressed doubts about the British accusations, suggesting that her relatives could have been sickened by bad fish or attacked by the mother of Ms Yulia Skripal's boyfriend.

Asked what her reaction was, she said, "You heard it in the recording. What is their condition?" said Maria Zakharova of the Russian Foreign Ministry, according to The Associated Press.

Russian Federation missed a deadline by London to explain how a certain type of military-grade nerve agent was used in the attack. Russian Federation vehemently denied the accusations and accused Britain of waging a deliberate defamation campaign.

Russia's embassy in London said the decision was "regrettable and worrying" and "doesn't hold water".

Police are continuing to scour their Salisbury home as the investigation into their poisoning continues.

Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian U.N. ambassador, addressed the Security Council in an over 30-minute speech aimed to dismiss Britain's "fake" allegations levelled against Moscow, Reuters reported.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia blasted the United Kingdom while dubbing the spy poisoning allegations by Russian Federation as fake.

May's government, alongside the United States and more than two dozen other countries, have expelled about 150 Russian diplomats and intelligence agents from their embassies overseas.

On Wednesday (April 4), Russian Federation lost a vote at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague on its demand for its experts to be involved in testing samples of the substance used in the Salisbury attack. Tensions between the two countries have reached a level not seen since the end of the Cold War.

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