Russia: 'Disinformation' — Zakharova on released photos of Salisbury suspects

Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova accused British authorities of disinformation in connection with the Salisbury poisoning attack, while speaking at her weekly briefing in Moscow on Friday. «The presented photos and video clips are not evidence. These are the images of so-called suspects. When it comes to evidence, we are offered once again to take their word for it... Еще,» said the Russian diplomat, referring to the images released by UK police, showing the two suspects in the attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Presenting these photos is «a classic example of disinformation,» Zakharova said. Talking about Syria, Zakharova drew attention of Russia's international partners to terrorists' activities in Idlib, saying that militants «do not let citizens to leave Idlib via humanitarian corridors and take villagers who are living close to the contact line with the government forces deep into the province in order to use them, innocent people, as shields.» Commenting on the concern of the NATO countries about Russia's upcoming Vostok-2018 drills, she said: «The West is still encouraged to look for a Russian threat in any event, any phenomenon. There are no grounds for that.» At the end of the press event, Zakharova urged the Ukrainian authorities to release the editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine, Kirill Vyshinsky, who has been recently ruled to remain in custody until November 4.

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