Russia insists that a comprehensive and responsible investigation be conducted, in line with the provisions of the OPCW convention, says the head of Russian diplomacy.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Thursday for a “comprehensive and responsible investigation” of the poisoning of the former double Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia, warning that London will not be able to “ignore the legitimate issues” of Russia.
“It will not be possible to ignore the legitimate issues we are asking, as confirmed by the OPCW session convened by Russia,” he said in Moscow after the meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and several hours before the UN Security Council meeting on the issue, which caused great tension between Russia and the West.
“We insist to conduct a comprehensive and responsible investigation, in line with the provisions of the OPCW Convention,” Lavrov said.
Forty-one OPCW member countries rejected Russia’s proposal Wednesday that London and Moscow will conduct a joint investigation into the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, found on March 4 in Salisbury, still in the hospital.
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“For a long time we have not seen such ignoring diplomatic ethics, international law. I want to emphasize that we will continue to react appropriately to hostile attacks, but also that we want to establish the truth,” Lavrov added.
“Once again, we call on our colleagues to honestly look at the problems of international law. We are ready for cooperation, as President Vladimir Putin said yesterday [Russia],” he concluded.
On the other hand, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomed Russia’s failure to gain support from the OPCW for a joint investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian dual agent in the UK.
“Russia had in mind one goal since attempts to kill people using military chemical weapons in the territory of Great Britain – to conceal the truth and confuse the public,” Johnson said.