On March 14, an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was held, convened at the request of British Prime Minister Therese May. London believes that Russia is “most likely” involved in the creation of poison, which was poisoned in Salisbury by Colonel GRU Sergei Skripal. Prior to the meeting, May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and the suspension of bilateral relations with Moscow.
As a result of the meeting, Russia and the United Kingdom did not reach a compromise, and even more quarreled. The ultimatum that London placed before Moscow, Vasil Nebenzia, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, called “insignificant”.
What the UK accused Russia of
Acting UK Ambassador to the UN, Jonathan Allen, accused Russia that the country allegedly concealed information about the nerve agent. According to him, Russia announced the destruction of declared inventories of chemical weapons for 10 years later than required by the convention – in 2017. The country, according to him, did not report about the “Novice” and related industries, although it was an obligation under the convention.
According to Allen, Russia violated Article 2 of the UN Charter , “the foundation of the foundations” for the world order.
Either this direct attack on my country, or Russia lost control of the gas, which itself produced.
Allen noted that Russia has the experience of “state-sponsored” murders and cited Alexander Litvinenko as an example. He also mentioned interference in the policies of other countries, as well as disregard for human rights and life, recalling the accession of the Crimea and the crash of the MN-17 , shot down by the “weapons that the Russian side provided.” He also added that Russia continues to defend Bashar Assad, who uses chemical weapons in Syria.
How other countries supported the UK
After Britain, the word was taken by US Ambassador Nikki Haley. She declared “absolute solidarity” between Washington and London.
The United States considers Russia responsible for the attack on two people in the UK using a nerve agent.
Haley noted that “there are no countries with ties stronger than the United States and the United Kingdom” and added that if the United Kingdom faces problems, Washington is always ready to support it.
The US Ambassador stated that Moscow should cooperate with London in the investigation of the case. In addition, she urged Russia to “clarify” issues related to the development of chemical weapons on its territory.
After the USA, France, Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea, Poland, Peru, Cote D’Ivoire, Sweden, Kazakhstan and China took the floor. The Netherlands, the chairman of the Security Council, spoke after Russia.
Many countries were as neutral as possible, but their main message was the concern about the use of chemical weapons. Everyone basically supported the UK and its investigation. Some like Poland, Sweden and the Netherlands offered Russia to respond to requests from the UK.
No one has made direct accusations against Russia, except Britain and the United States.
How did Russia blame Britain for creating chemical weapons
Russia’s permanent representative, Vasily Nebenzia, addressed the UN last but one, only the chairman of the meeting from the Netherlands spoke after him. The Russian diplomat was disappointed that Britain “dragged” the issue of Skripal to the Security Council instead of the trial in The Hague. Russia considered “insignificant” all UK ultimatums, including the requirement for a day to provide evidence in the case of Skripal.
The Permanent Representative called accusations of involvement in the creation of the nerve agent “Novice” by threats to Russia. According to Nebenzi, the Russian Federation destroyed all the stockpiles of chemical weapons in 1992, while the United States did not. Confirmations of this are in 200 open sources of NATO countries, he assured: “We have them, we are ready to show.”
The Permanent Representative indirectly accused London of creating the “Novice”: “The most probable source is the countries where the chemical weapons tests are still conducted, including the UK.”
According to Nebenzi, it’s strange even that the British police are sure that this is the “Newbie”. Referring to a certain chemical specialist, the Permanent Representative stated that the sample of gas and its formula needed to identify the substance of Great Britain. Thus, the country allegedly proved that it is capable of producing it, the diplomat is sure.
As Russia is sure, Britain uses “honed methods of propaganda war” for “unprepared public”. So the Ambassador postulated the threats to expel Russian diplomats and reports on a possible cyber attack on the Russian Federation. Then Nebenzya compared Scotland Yard with a detective from the stories about Sherlock Holmes.
In the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle about Sherlock Holmes there is an unlucky comedic character – Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard. He does not have any intelligence. His role is to shade the deductive abilities of Sherlock. Lestrade immediately grabs the surface traces of crimes and rushes with a banal conclusion in order to be disproved by Sherlock, who always finds the background to crimes, the true trace and motive. God forbid, to suspect the modern employees of Scotland Yard in unprofessionalism, although today the modern Sherlock Holmes would not be in the way.
Despite such a speech, Nebenzia called Russia ready for dialogue and joint investigation.
How Russia and Britain argued about understanding the convention
At the end of the meeting, the chairman of the Security Council from the Netherlands gave the postpredders from the UK and Russia time for replicas. A short exchange of views did not help to reach a compromise, but somewhat clarified the positions of both countries.
First Allen responded to Nebenzi’s indignation that Britain had “dragged” the issue of Skripal to the Security Council. “Do not countries come here when there are threats to peace and illegal attacks?” He said, promising to work with Russia and other UN members.
Allen is confident that Russia does not understand the UN Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons , which refers to. According to him, Britain can not provide samples of the substance to the Russian Federation, since there is simply no such obligation in the document. The Convention presupposes the right to copies of samples of substances for the States Parties under review that are subject to inspection, but Russia is not that, concluded the British diplomat.
The Permanent Representative of Britain explained Russia’s actions in the Skripal case “deliberate delaying the situation”, which reminded him of the case of Alexander Litvinenko .
In response, Nebenzia said that it was impossible to fulfill any ultimatum from London, because Russia “will not respond in such a tone to unsubstantiated accusations.” “There was no proper request,” the Russian diplomat said, reiterating that the Kremlin is nevertheless ready to investigate the case together with Great Britain. Shortly thereafter, the meeting was declared closed.