Salisbury Incident — President Putin : “Skripal Would Be Dead If Poisoned By Novichok”

“We’re happy that he’s alright. We’re still demanding the access to these people. We want just to understand how they feel and we want them to say personally what they want. If they don’t want our assistance it’s fine. We want to see them physically.”

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko

May 18 2018 — Russian President Vladimir Putin said that former double agent Sergei Skripal would have died quickly if a military-grade poison had been used. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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On Friday (May 18 2018), UK national health authorities said that Sergei Skripal, the Russian former spy who was left in critical condition by a nerve agent attack in Britain more than two months ago, has been discharged from hospital.

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question about Sergei Skripal’s discharge from the hospital (18 – 05 – 2018)

Question: According to the recent reports, Sergei Skripal was discharged this morning from the hospital in Salisbury. How could you comment on that?

Answer: We are satisfied that the treatment Sergei Skripal received was successful and he is well enough to leave the hospital. We wish him full recovery.

At the same time, we cannot but note that again we have learnt about such important event in the life of our citizen not from the government, but from the media reports and statements of the hospital. The British side, despite our repeated requests, continues to refuse any direct contact with us on matters relating to the health and whereabouts of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Refusals were justified by references to the British citizenship of Sergei Skripal as well as to the “independence of the police” conducting the investigation.

This is unacceptable. Let us remind that the obligations under international law are borne by the United Kingdom as a state and are subject to compliance by all state bodies, including the police and the Foreign Office. We demand the United Kingdom strictly complies with the provisions of the bilateral Consular convention of 1965, which stipulates that we have the right to communicate with our citizens. This right is grossly violated by the United Kingdom.

In the absence of any evidence and an opportunity to meet Sergei and Julia Skripal in person and verify their condition, we will consider these actions of the British authorities as forcible detention or abduction of two Russian citizens.

President Putin: Skripal Would Be Dead If Poisoned By Novichok

REFERENCES

Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal discharged from UK hospital — Reuters
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President Putin: Skripal Would Be Dead If Poisoned By Novichok

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