Russian Envoy to US: Skripal Case Pretext to Launch Long-Planned Smear Campaign
The Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said on Sunday that the Skripal case was a pretext to carry out a provocation against Russia that has been in the planning stages for a long time.
“The developments in the United Kingdom served just as a pretext to carry out a provocation against Russia that was planned a long time ago. We have closely monitored, who attended the US Embassy in Moscow recently, what kind of people [attended it],” Antonov said in an interview with Russia’s Channel Five.
Read more at https://sputniknews.com/us/201804011063108307-russia-usa-envoy-pretext-skripal/
Russia Claims Skripal Poisoning Was Staged By UK Intelligence
by Tyler Durden
Russia’s Ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, says that London’s reluctance to share information on the March 4 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal has led Moscow to suggest that London authorities actually perpetrated the crime.
“We have very serious suspicion that this provocation was done by British intelligence,” Yakovenko told Russia’s NTV channel – adding however that Moscow had no direct proof, but that the UK’s behavior constitutes strong circumstantial evidence in support of their theory.
Read more at https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-01/russia-claims-skripal-poisoning-was-staged-uk-intelligence
Yulia Skripal “improving rapidly”: The unravelling of the Russian Novichok narrative
By Chris Marsden
31 March 2018
When placed in the context of the global anti-Russia propaganda campaign spearheaded by Britain’s Conservative government, Thursday saw the greatest Easter miracle since Christ rose from the dead.
For weeks, the world’s media has cited uncritically government claims that double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned March 4 with a “weapons grade” nerve agent, known as a Novichok.
The agent was described as so deadly that the comatose Skripals were unlikely to ever recover, and that if they did they would be brain damaged and physically compromised. On Wednesday there were even media headlines that their life support might have to be turned off.
Read more at https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/31/yuli-m31.html
Russian MFA Releases 14 Questions Addressed to UK on ‘Fabricated Skripal Case’
The complete list of questions has been published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.
On March 31, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London sent a note to the British Foreign Service with a list of questions regarding the ‘fabricated Skripal case‘.
Russia is asking the UK to explain why Moscow was denied consular access to the Skripal case, why France was involved in the investigation, what made the Britons believe that the nerve agent was of Russian origin and does the UK have samples of the so-called “Novichok.”
Yet another question focuses on the information about the antidotes used to treat the Skripals and the fact that the UK medics had possession of these substances on site.
Read more at https://sputniknews.com/russia/201803311063103452-russia-uk-skripal-case-russian-ministry-questions/
Which countries are expelling Russian diplomats?
Twenty-five European countries, Australia, Canada and the US have announced that they will be expelling 123 Russian diplomats over the coming week.
Days later Russia responded in kind, expelling an equal number of diplomats from those countries, except Belgium, Hungary, Georgia and Montenegro. It also announced that the UK diplomatic mission to Moscow will have to cut staff by another 50 diplomats.
Last week, the UK expelled 23 Russian officials. In addition, Bulgaria and Luxemburg recalled their ambassadors from Moscow for consultations.
Read more at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/countries-expelling-russian-diplomats-180326191614898.html
Last Act Of ‘Novichok’ Drama Revealed – “The Skripals’ Resurrection”
March 29, 2018
It seems that the ‘Novichok’ fairy-tale the British government plays to us provides for a happy ending – the astonishing and mysterious resurrection of the victims of a “military grade” “five to eight times more deadly than VX gas” “nerve agent” “of a type developed by” Hollywood.
Read more at http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/03/she-is-risen-last-act-of-novichok-drama-revealed-the-skripals-resurrection.html#more