Media made British embassy’s presentation on Skripal’s case public
It features no new evidence of Russia's involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
The media made public a presentation of 6 slides, shown at a closed briefing at the British Embassy in Moscow, dedicated to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Kommersant reports the presentation was held on March 22 for foreign ambassadors, after which 25 countries, as well as NATO, announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats following Great Britain.
The slides display the chronology of the development of the events related to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, then provides information on the chemical substance Novichok, which, according to London, was used to poison the Skripals. The slides state that London "is without doubt that Russia is responsible" for what happened. "No country bar Russia has combined capability, intent and motive. There is no plausible alternative explanation," - also said in the presentation. The next slide is entitled A Long Pattern of Russian Malign Activity, which outlines in chronological order: assassination of Litvinenko, invasion of Georgia, hacker attacks, events in Ukraine and the Crimea, interference in US presidential elections.
The presentation ends with the measures adopted by the British government as a result of the abovementioned. Among them is "attribution to the Russian state", "dismantling of the network of Russian intelligence operatives in the UK", "suspension of all planned bilateral contacts", "enhanced border controls", "tackling criminality and corruption", "new legislation" and "other measures to counter hostile state activity".
Presentation on Skripal’s case
Thus, the presentation offered no new information on the involvement in the poisoning of Skripal.
One of the participants of the British briefing, US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, later shared his impressions on what he saw and said that London’s stance presented in the document seemed "very convincing" to him. "They did a very good job corralling the information they had based on this incident and incidents historically," the Ambassador stated.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reacted to the publication of the slides. "This is Theresa May's failure. The largest manipulation of the world public opinion, in which the British authorities are involved, is revealed. Assess it. Based on 6 images, the decision on the state's responsibility in the chemical attack has been taken," she wrote on
It should be noted that on March 21, the Russian Foreign Ministry also held a briefing on Skripal’s case for foreign diplomats, which was conducted by Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Ermakov. The British Ambassador to Moscow, Laurie Bristow, has not attended it. But the very next day he held a presentation for the foreign diplomatic service at his residence.