Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the BBC journalist Mark Urban’s book on Sergei Skripal

Q.: How would you comment on the Mark Urban’s book on Sergei Skripal published on 4 October?

A.: We intend yet to study this book. At the same time, it is a well known fact that Mark Urban has close links with British secret services. This gives us grounds for considering this book as an attempt to compensate for Sergei Skripal’s public non-appearance as the key witness to the Salisbury incident. Instead of facts, the public is again offered speculation and guesses.

Meanwhile, the British authorities have been continuously refusing to cooperate with Russia at the official level. Our numerous requests and proposals for cooperation aimed at establishing the real causes of the Skripals poisoning have been ignored, to the detriment of a transparent and effective investigation. As before, Russia intends to continue its efforts in establishing the truth of what happened in Salisbury. We demand the British authorities to share full information on the incident and to provide consular access to the Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal.