Disinfo: The Skripal case is another Western fabrication to prevent Russian economic development


Western manoeuvres that always end up in sanctions or trade embargoes against Russia, China, Iran or other emerging countries are nothing but excuses for the defence of geopolitical interests. The Skripal case was another fabrication aimed to harm the Russian economy and Russia’s development capacity, to prevent it from challenging Western hegemony.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning, claiming that there is “no evidence of Russia’s involvement” and therefore sanctions on Russia are unjustified.

British police and investigations from the intelligence services have produced hard forensic evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU, for the attack on the Skripals. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and briefed members of the Security Council. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent.

The allegation that sanctions and retaliation measures imposed after the Skripal poisoning are an attempt to curb Russia’s development and hurt its economy is unsubstantiated, with no basis in reality.

You can see other examples of Russian disinformation on the Skripal case, such as allegations that evidence against Russia is non-existent or was fabricated, that British intelligence services are involved, that it is only a matter of Russophobia or that it is all aimed to cover up paedophilia scandals in the UK.


  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, West, Anti-Russian


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