Disinfo: The UK fabricated evidence on Russia's involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals for political purposes

Summary

The British have done everything to make Russia an enemy. What happened in Salisbury is a pure swindle and does not correspond to reality. All this is manipulated for the political purpose of aggravating relations with Russia to increase the weight of the United Kingdom. None of the premises are sustainable. It is said that the Russians have deployed a chemical weapon of military level. Nobody is dead! What kind of military poison is it if nobody died? It’s a total counter-truth. Then it is said that only the Russians had the means and the motive. Neither affirmation is true. It is not only the Russians who have a motive and the possibility and the means. Nothing in this story is sustainable.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury claiming that the United Kingdom was never able to prove a “Russian trace” and did not provide detailed evidence of Russia’s involvement. 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 OPCW rejected Russia’s claims about a second Salisbury nerve agent. The identities of the two Russian nationals were later revealed by Bellingcat and the Insider investigative outlets. No other forensic evidence was presented accusing other individuals. Read more about the pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Salisbury poisoning: Conspiracy mania marks one-year anniversary of the Skripal poisoning.

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  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/06/2019
  • Outlet language(s) French
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
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Disproof

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Disproof

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