Russia: Lavrov slams UK behaviour in Skripal case as 'huge arrogance'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the behaviour of the United Kingdom's government in the Skripal poisoning case as «huge arrogance» during a joint press-conference alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Moscow, Wednesday. «The UK representative in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) asked ours why we include the Chemical Weapons... Еще Convention in this issue, it's enough that the UK foreign minister invited our ambassador and told him everything. You know, this is huge arrogance, of which we see a lot in all the actions taken by London [regarding this case],» stressed Lavrov. The Russian foreign Minister reiterated that as soon as Moscow receives a formal request, it will answer within 10 days «in accordance with our responsibilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention.» He concluded by saying that not Russia, but those who lead a ''campaign of Russophobia» could have motives for poisoning Skripal. Ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious after a nerve agent attack a week ago in the English city of Salisbury. They remain in a critical but stable condition in Salisbury district hospital. The 66-year-old former Russian military intelligence officer was convicted in Russia of supplying MI6 with Russian state secrets. Part way through his jail term, in 2010, he was involved in a spy swap and given refuge in the UK.

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