Britain’s narrative on the Skripal affair is not credible

Summary

There is now more ambiguity and contradictions in the case of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, calling on London to answer the questions previously raised by the Russian side. […] The political version of the incident presented by the United Kingdom was not credible, because there were many ambiguities and contradictions in the case. 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury claiming that the UK has never proved Russia’s involvement and has not provided any evidence.

British police and intelligence investigations have produced sufficient hard evidence to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. More British public documents and statements on the case can be found here. The investigative outlet Bellingcat has later revealed the identities of the two Russian nationals.

The report from the OPCW confirmed the UK findings in the Skripal poisoning, specifically the purity of the toxin. 

According to the UK intelligence assessment, based on open-source analysis and intelligence information, in the past decade, Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichok agents, long after it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention.

For similar cases see here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, United Kingdom
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack
  • Outlet: Sputnik Arabic
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