The result of the allegations made by British Prime Minister Teresa May about the poisoning of ex-colonel of the GRU, Sergey Skripal, could disrupt diplomatic relations between Russia and Britain, said Duma deputy Igor Morozov.
“There are a few precedents of such political pressure and blackmail, and all of them ended with a break in diplomatic relations or their restriction in the form of the extradition of ambassadors,” Morozov said.
According to him, judging by the prevailing situation, both Russia and the United Kingdom can resort to pulling their ambassadors out.
“The British should know that they will come across a very tough response from Russia. Our position will be restrained, adequate, but tough. We will see what will be the course of action from London and adequately answer this challenge,” Morozov said.
May declared that Russia was highly likely to be involved in the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Julia with a nerve agent, “made in Russia.” How silly are the Russian intelligence to utilise a substance that leads right back to them?
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had notified the Russian ambassador in London that Russia had time until Tuesday evening to provide detailed explanations on the case of Skripal. Of course, the burden of proof lies with the accuser – Britain is literally asking Russia to prove its innocence, in the absence of evidence.
May also said that if Russia does not give a “credible” answer, the British government will equate this with an act of unlawful use of force against the United Kingdom.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation called May’s statement on Skripal “a circus show in the British Parliament,” pointing to the beginning of another information and political campaign based on provocation.
Earlier on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin advised the British to investigate the poisoning on the spot before discussing the incident with Russia.