Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the statements by Prime Minister Theresa May in Norway

Q.: On 30 October UK Prime Minister again claimed that Russia “deployed chemical weapons” in Britain. How would you comment on this statement?

A.: We strongly reject these insinuations. Another portion of accusations of Russia is a far cry from reality.

We would like to stress that, as regards the Salisbury incident, we have to deal with a reckless position of the current British authorities, as they refuse, without any substantial explanations, to cooperate with Russia on the investigation of the poisoning of the two Russian nationals on British soil. Moreover, the investigation is being conducted in a non-transparent way, the circumstances around this case have been classified, and, as before, the only information London provides is through leaks in the British media. We believe that such situation yet again confirms that the Tory government has something to conceal, as it is afraid of transparent and honest cooperation. This is the objective reality, which cannot be replaced by emotional calls and groundless accusations used as a means of building an anti-Russian alliance.

Theresa May and other key British officials frequently use the term “rules-based international order”. This is meant to create an impression that the UK is a consistent supporter of international law, ostensibly distinguishing it from some other states, who are supposed or declared to be its violators. In fact, this is an attempt to disguise the obvious and fundamental difference between the clearly fixed norms of international law agreed by the whole international community, and some obscure “rules”, which are popularized by the British and generally Western ruling circles.

The Salisbury incident is an example of international law being ignored by the United Kingdom, even when there are rules specially created for such controversial cases. This applies to the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the bilateral 1965 Consular Convention, the 1959 European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1950 Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.