21 March / 2018

Embassy Statement: "THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE SALISBURY INCIDENT IS GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FACTS"

THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE SALISBURY INCIDENT IS GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FACTS

We couldn't help but notice the comments coming fr om the White House, National Security Council, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on March 21 with threats to “hold Russia accountable for its illegal actions” with regard to the Salisbury incident.

Our efforts to get the facts fr om our British colleagues on the incident have been futile. Meanwhile, they go out of their way to support groundless accusations against Russia on poisoning its own citizens and attack on Great Britain. They furiously persuade their partners to support them in this issue without presenting any facts. We are confident that even though everybody understands everything, the Russophobes are left with no choice but aggressively to cover their weakness with their “solidarity” stance amongst all this hysteria, which has taken the West by storm.

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We hope that U.S. diplomats in future contacts with their British counterparts will attempt to find answers for the public to at least these four questions:

1. Wh ere are Sergei Skripal and his daughter now?

2. On what grounds do they violate the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations denying representatives of the Russian Embassy in London a meeting with a Russian citizen?

3. Why did the official spokesman of the Scotland Yard announce that the investigation will take months, while the British government had already delivered a verdict without a trial.

4. Why didn’t Great Britain present samples of the nerve agent (A234) to Russia, as prescribed by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)? When will London begin its cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons following clear and simple procedures of the Convention?

Since the Americans have decided to “put all their eggs in one British basket” – in advance, out of solidarity – we think it is appropriate to also address some of the “chemical” questions to Washington:

5. When will the U.S. stop violating the CWC and destroy its declared chemical weapons arsenal following Damascus’s and Moscow’s footsteps?

6. What is the amount of finances Washington fails to amass in order to fulfill its obligations within the CWC?

7. Can Washington officially declare absence of U.S. technical capabilities to produce a poisonous agent of the same type the Americans used to blame Russia?

Let’s stop demonizing Russia. Enough threatening Russia and its diplomats, who some politicians once again suggest to deport. It is high time to stop blaming us for every sin. Is it possible that Moscow is responsible for today’s snowstorm in Washington and New York?

Incompetent reasoning of Ms. Heather Nauert baffles us. Since when is she an expert on chemical weapons? Or did she become an unscrupulous detective, who passes judgment on the innocent?

We strongly urge Washington to present proof of the “unlawful Russian actions”. It is quite simple, if the U.S. has the evidence, that is. Alternatively, they can come clean, admit its absence and apologize. That is what decent people would do. 
We would like to remind that any rhetoric of power in dialogue with Russia is counterproductive. Although we cannot prevent using it for domestic purposes.

One more thing. Dear Ambassador Huntsman, how would you react if a Russian diplomat openly called to “punish the U.S.” during a briefing at the State Department? Like a U.S. diplomat did during today’s briefing at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Isn’t our common goal – of our diplomats both in Moscow and Washington, DC – to care for building pragmatic and friendly bridges between Russia and the U.S.?

The latter is of outmost importance considering yesterday’s conversation between our presidents.