Putin calls London’s accusations in Skripal’s case "absurd and nonsense"
Russian President Vladimir Putin made comments on London's accusations concerning Skripal’s case.
In his address to journalists after the landslide in the presidential election that took place yesterday, on March 18, the Russian president said that he considered the accusations as complete "absurd and nonsense."
Speaking about the fact that Russians in Salisbury used a chemical substance against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Putin laid great stress on the point that if it had been a warfare agent, people would have perished on the spot, NEWSru.com reports.
Putin also clarified that neither he nor his entourage had anything to do with the poisoning in Salisbury, Kommersant pens. "I myself learned about this from the media," the Russian President avouched, noting that Russia had eliminated all chemical weapons under the supervision of international organizations.
Putin called the British accusations "complete nonsense", since, he said, "prior to the presidential run, no one in Russia would become engaged in affairs similar to poisoning or murder."
To recap, former spy and ex-employee of the GRU Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found sitting on a bench in Salisbury on March 4. The police officers that arrived at the scene suggested that they had been poisoned. Later, some media wrote that Skripal and his companion were exposed to fentanyl – a synthetic opiate, which is used in medicine for anesthesia. The Russian side demanded access to the investigation materials, as Yulia Skripal is a Russian citizen. London refused Moscow.
Speaking in the British Parliament on March 14, British Prime Minister Theresa May called Moscow's actions "an act of state military aggression against Britain". The country's parliament considered the consequences of the UK Prime Minister’s statement, Moscow was given time until the end of Tuesday, March 20, to provide its inference of the events relating to the attempt on Skripal. Earlier it became known that the poison for Skripal was brought by his daughter Yulia from Russia. So far it is unknown who could pour the poisonous substance into the cosmetics or clothes of the girl.
This past weekend, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson made a loud statement about the fact that in recent years Russia has been developing nerve agents, including Novichok. Johnson stated that Britain had evidence of this. He specified that on Monday, March 19, the substance that poisoned Skripal, will be handed over to the experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for analysis in leading laboratories of the world.
Notably, after the incident with Skripal and his daughter Moscow and London’s relations have deteriorated. Official London put forward a number of versions of what happened, among which there is the use of the chemical agent Novichok. The investigators also came up with several versions of poisoning, including poisoning through the ventilation system of the BMW car.
Ismail Efendiev is suspected of exceeding authority in connection with the investigation of cases of detained earlier former First Deputy Prime Minister Ramazan Aliyev and nephew of the former head of Dagestan Askhabali Abdulatipov. Searches are being conducted at Efendiev's office and house.
The disappearance of an elderly Muscovite, who owns three rooms on Ostozhenka Street, and her disabled son, worried the neighbors, but the police refused to initiate criminal proceedings on their application. Housing in the elite area of the capital in the meantime was re-registered to a resident of St. Petersburg, who introduced herself as their relative.