Russian embassy to request interview with Skripals from UK Foreign Office
The Russian embassy in London will request information from the UK Foreign Office concerning the organization of an interview with ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were poisoned in the British city of Salisbury, with Russian journalists, the Russian embassy in the UK informed on Monday, TASS reports.
"As we have repeatedly stated, Russian citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal are currently in complete isolation put into effect by the British special services. Access of the media to them is denied, as we are told, for national security reasons. At the same time, we receive numerous requests from the Russian media that ask us to help them get an interview with Sergei and Yulia Skripal, police, medical workers who treated them, management of the Porton Down lab, which conducted the expertise of the chemical agent and which is very likely to have the corresponding samples." "In order to provide support for Russian journalists, the embassy will ask the Foreign Office to provide information on who they are supposed to contact," the message notes.
Russian diplomats expressed doubt that they would get a "coherent answer" from the British officials, as the majority of requests made earlier remained without response. "We think that Russian journalists must, among other things, address such requests [about an interview with the Skripals] to the British embassy in Moscow," the Russian embassy added.
On March 4, Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain, and his daughter Yulia suffered the effects of an alleged nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury. Claiming that the substance used in the incident had been a nerve agent allegedly developed in Russia, London rushed to accuse Moscow of being involved in the case without presenting any evidence. The Russian side flatly rejected all of the United Kingdom’s accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russia.