Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding the inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess

Question: Newly appointed to lead the inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess, Baroness Hallet has announced her plans to examine the Russian state’s involvement in poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury as part of the inquest. Any comments?

Answer: We see it as a confirmation of our earlier conclusion that the situation with regard to these tragic events would evolve according to the Litvinenko Case scenario. Regular investigation and regular use of existing international legal instruments (since there have been Russian nationals affected) is being substituted with a quasi-judicial procedure. It does not formally pertain to the incident in Salisbury as such, yet would undoubtedly be used to support again and again the groundless accusations against Russia made by the British authorities. The latest statement by the coroner indicates that she proceeds from an a priori belief that the two cases were interconnected, presumes responsibility of two Russian nationals for what happened to the Skripals and fully accepts the myths invented by the British secret services. We will now witness attempts to prove a case that has already been concocted beforehand.

In the meantime, we have not yet received any requests for legal assistance from the British authorities. Nor is there any answer to the long list of our questions posed to them on multiple occasions in relation to what happened in Salisbury and what happens to Sergei and Yulia Skripal now.

31 March 2021, 13:45