London responds to Putin's address regarding “poisoners” of Skripals
Britain continues to insist that the suspects serve in the Russian military intelligence agency.
A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Russia continues to “muddle and lie” when commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the Russians accused by London of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal, reports The Guardian.
“These people are officers of Russian military intelligence, the GRU, who used illegal chemical weapons on the streets of our country. The government exposed the role of the GRU, its operatives and its methods. This position is supported by our international allies,” said May’s spokesman.
According to him, London repeatedly asked Moscow to give an account for the events that occurred in March in Salisbury, where the Skripals were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, but the responses heard from the Russian authorities were “only confusion and lies.”
In early September, the British police published photographs and names of the Russians accused of poisoning the Skripals – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. On September 12, President Vladimir Putin said that the “poisoners” were civilians and invited them to address the media themselves. At the same time, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Putin personally did not communicate with the suspects.
Sergei Skripal's niece Victoria said that Petrov and Boshirov “are shocked by what is happening and are complete bewilderment.” According to her, Petrov was not in the UK at the beginning of March, and the person from the photo published by Scotland Yard does not look like him.