9 July 201816:18

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s answer to a media question regarding the Russian citizens injured in Salisbury


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Question: Could you comment on the situation surrounding the Russian citizens injured in Salisbury?

Maria Zakharova: We continue to pay the closest possible attention to developments in the Skripal case, in which London’s course of action raises more and more questions every day.  

Particularly concerning is the current condition of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Russian citizens who were the victims of this provocation. Unfortunately, the British authorities persist in refusing to give us an opportunity to personally meet with them, inquire about their health and make sure their living conditions are adequate.

Representatives of the British Foreign Office unreasonably ignore Russia’s demands for consular access to our citizens and offer merely formal responses to our numerous inquiries, citing the need to respect Ms Skripal’s privacy. We have to note that since the incident, she has communicated with the outer world only twice, under strict control, which again raises the question on the extent of her freedom in her decisions and wishes.

Overall, London is clearly in violation of corresponding provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 and the Bilateral Consular Convention of 1965. Such a course of action only intensifies our suspicions that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are either being kept in isolation against their will by British authorities or their conditions do not correspond to official information.

As such, Russia will continue to insist that Great Britain follow its obligations under international law concerning consular access.  

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