Russia does not consider the Skripals case closed and is awaiting answers from the UK to the questions previously directed to it. This was stated on Thursday by Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, at the consultations of the UN Security Council.
“This case has not been closed for us. We still have dozens of questions that we sent to our British colleagues,” he said, noting that some Western countries have already reached final conclusions about the Skripals story based on evidence from the highly likely category. “We will find a way to make these questions public again, and we will seek answers to these questions.”
During the UN Security Council meeting on the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, British Permanent Representative to the UN Barbara Woodward recalled that March 4 marks three years since the incident in Salisbury, and again blamed Russia for this incident. She argued that the work of the police in investigating the events in Salisbury had given sufficient grounds to press charges against the Russian citizens.
On March 4, 2018, former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, convicted in Russia for espionage in favor of Great Britain, and his daughter Yulia were exposed in Salisbury, according to the British side, to the Novichok nerve agent. Later, London made a statement that the substance was allegedly developed in Russia, and on this basis accused Moscow of involvement in the incident. The Russian side categorically rejected all speculation on this score, pointing out that there were no programs for the development of Novichok either in the USSR or in Russia.