From the official tweet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom disappeared tweeting with the assertion that the nerve agent “Novice” was produced in Russia. It was this gas that was used to poison the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter in London.
Tweet The Foreign Ministry of Great Britain was dated on March 22. One of the first to pay attention to him was the Russian embassy in London. This was written by Sky News and other British media.
The British Foreign Ministry confirmed the deletion of the tweet, explaining that it had incorrectly conveyed Ambassador Laurie Bristow’s position in Russia on the “Skripal case”.
Tweet Foreign Ministry of Great Britain: “World experts at the Laboratory of Defense Sciences and Technology (DSTL) in Porton Down have accurately determined that the substance used in Salisbury was produced in Russia”
On April 3, the British Foreign Ministry retreated the message of a laboratory that is accredited by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). It was at variance with the earlier statement of diplomats.
Specialists of the laboratory stressed that they did not find out the country of origin of the poison. In a comment on Sky News, DSTL head Gary Aitkenhead suggested that the Foreign Ministry was based on closed sources that he did not know.
“Our specialists accurately determined the type of nerve agent as” Novice “. Establishing the source of its origin has never been our responsibility ”
A representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, criticized the UK for, in her opinion, an ineffective investigation and the creation of an “enemy image” in the person of Russia.
#Захарова: Вызывает недоумение, почему британские правоохранительные органы не займутся профессиональным расследованием произошедшего, не желают сотрудничества по следствию, придумывают свои вердикты, даже не удосужившись дождаться оценок ОЗХО
The fact that Russia is “very likely” involved in the poisoning of the Fiddles, former Prime Minister of Britain Teresa Mei said earlier . This was also spoken by the British representative in the UN and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson .
By the end of March, more than 25 countries supported the UK version and sent a number of Russian diplomats as a sign of solidarity – a total of more than 140 embassy staff.