Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, warned the UK on April 5 against any escalation in the Skripal case . On the basis of the international fallout of London’s accusations against Russia for the attempted murder of the former Russian agent, he said they aimed to “discredit and delegitimize Russia”. “We told our British colleagues that they were playing with fire and that they would regret it!”, Hammered the Russian diplomat at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
“Why would we have waited eight years to decide, two weeks before the [presidential] elections and a few weeks before the [Football] World Cup? Why would we let him leave Russia? Why do this in an extremely visible and dangerous way? “Asked the Russian representative, alluding to the various inconsistencies that Moscow regularly points to in the British version of the facts .
Russia, through its representative, also said that she had asked to meet Yulia Skripal, the daughter of the former secret agent, and that this request had been sent to her. “We are waiting for his answer,” said Vassili Nebenzia. Earlier in the day, she had issued a statement that she had woken up and her health was improving.. The Rossiya channel 1, a few minutes earlier, broadcast a recording presented as a conversation between Yulia Skripal and her cousin Viktoria. In this sequence, still unauthenticated, the latter says “go well” and adds that his father will do well too. “Everyone is healing, everyone has survived … There is no irreparable damage,” she adds, adding, “That’s it. I’ll be able to get out of the hospital soon. “
Vassili Nebenzia announced on April 4 that Russia was calling for a meeting of the Security Council . A few hours before the announcement, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), composed of 41 countries, rejected the Russian initiative led by Permanent Representative Alexandre Choulguine. In particular, Moscow had proposed in London to set up a joint inquiry respecting international law. An outstretched hand that the UK has refused, calling the proposal “perverse”.
Russia, which has claimed its innocence since the beginning of the case, believes that its version of events is reinforced by the statements of the British laboratory that analyzed the substance used against the former double agent . The latter identified him as Novitchok, a military-type, innervating agent developed by the USSR, but admitted he had no evidence that he was coming from Russia – even as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had assured a few days earlier that the laboratory had confirmed to him the Russian origin of the substance .