Russian Embassy reacts to London's plans to buy Skripal’s property

Russian Embassy reacts to London's plans to buy Skripal’s property
Sergei Skripal’s house

Moscow reminded London that this step will be regarded as London's deliberate efforts to make a joint investigation with Russia impossible. The embassy does not doubt that the facilities will be destroyed.

The Russian Embassy in London commented on reports about the plans of the British authorities to buy out the house of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his other property. As The Times wrote earlier, the British authorities decided to take this step due to the fact that the real estate items are allegedly infected after poisoning and are unfit for habitation.

The embassy’s spokesman, commenting on these reports, told reporters that a note was sent to the British Foreign Ministry with a request to confirm or deny this information. In addition, he said, Moscow invited London to report on what actions it is going to take with regard to this property if the government's plans for its acquisition are confirmed.

“We recalled that any measures with regard to allegedly contaminated facilities in Salisbury, whether they are the house of Sergei Skripal, the Mill pub or the Zizzi restaurant, which in fact mean their destruction, will be considered by us as part of London's deliberate efforts to make a transparent and joint investigation with Russia impossible,” a spokesman for the embassy said.

According to The Times, in addition to Skripal’s property, the UK government decided to buy out the house of police officer Nick Bailey, who also suffered from poisoning.

His housing was also found unfit for living. In total, the British government is going to spend about £ 1 million of taxpayers' money to buy out the property which the British authorities believe was contaminated as a result of poisoning.

In early March, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on one of the benches in the British city of Salisbury, where in recent years a former military intelligence officer lived. Yulia came to visit her father. Both were hospitalized in critical condition. The British authorities said that both were poisoned by a nerve agent and blamed it on Russia. Moscow denies its involvement.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal are currently discharged from the hospital. Their whereabouts remain unknown. Yulia Skripal made an official statement in which she announced that she did not need the help of the Russian side but expressed her hope that she would someday return to the homeland. Sergei Skripal has not yet made any statements.

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