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Friday, April 6, 2018

Russia says before the UN they're not behind spy poisoning

Por Damian

The daughter of a former Russian spy said recently from a hospital that she is recovering quickly, but that the whole affair has been "somewhat confused". The statements were her first public declarations since she and her father were poisoned with a neurotoxic substance in England. Here are some other details.

With 33 years old, Yulia Skripal said in a statement published by British police that she is "getting stronger every day" and thanked those who helped when she and her father were found unconscious on a bench a month ago. "I'm sure you understand that the whole episode is somewhat confusing, and I trust you will respect my privacy as well as my family´s during my period of convalescence," she said.

The hospital in the city of Salisbury confirmed that Yulia's health has improved, while her father, Sergei Skripal, 66, remains in critical condition. The British government has claimed that both were poisoned with a chemical weapon developed by the former Soviet Union in a plot led by Moscow to assassinate Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer convicted of spying for Britain.

The poisoning of both father and daughter on March 4 caused worldwide furor. At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council organized by Russia, the Russian ambassador to the UN denounced that his country was the victim of a hasty, careless and malicious defamation campaign of Britain and its allies.

Moscow assumed "with a high degree of probability" that the intelligence services of other countries are equally responsible for the incident, said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia. "Everything confirms that this is a coordinated and very well planned campaign" that tries "to discredit and even delegitimize Russia".

Nebenzia did not disclose the names of the intelligence services that Russia suspects of, but stressed that the objectives of these agencies is to accuse Moscow of using "a horrible and inhumane weapon, to hide an arsenal of this substance", to violate the Convention about Chemical Weapons and questioning the "role (of Russia) not only in the search for a solution for Syria, but for any other place".

Prior to the United Nations meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the British government's accusations towards Moscow as a mockery of international law, and sarcastically equated Britain's accusations with the order of the Queen of Alice in the Wonderland of "sentence first, the verdict later".