Moscow wants France to answer 10 questions about the Skripal affair

Britain isn't answering -- will France?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Moscow
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Paris. Sputnik France has this report today: The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a list of 10 questions addressed to Paris concerning the Skripal case “manufactured” by the United Kingdom against Russia.

The Russian Embassy in Paris has sent the French Foreign Ministry a note containing 10 questions relating to the Skripal case.

1. Why was France called upon to provide technical assistance in the UK investigation into the Salisbury incident?

2. Has France sent an official note to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons regarding its participation in technical cooperation in the investigation of the Salisbury incident?

3. What evidence did the UK transmit to France in the context of the technical assistance provided?

4. Have French specialists participated in the sampling of the biological material from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal?

5. Have French specialists examined samples of the biological material of Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal, and in which laboratories were these studies carried out?

6. On what basis have the French specialists established the use of Novichok military poison agent (according to British terminology) or its analogues?

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7. What expertise does France have in the field of the study of combat toxic agents of this type or its analogues?

7. What expertise does France have in the field of the study of combat toxic agents of this type or its analogues?

8. On the basis of what signs (markers) have French specialists established the “Russian origin” of the substance used at Salisbury?

9. Does France have control samples of Novichok Combat Toxicant (according to British terminology) or analogues?

10. Have samples of the toxic fighting agent of this type or its analogues been developed in France, if so, for what purposes?

Earlier, Moscow had formulated a list of 14 questions concerning the Skripal case, some of which seek to find out why the British authorities decided to associate France with the investigation.

On March 4, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious near a shopping center in Salisbury. A week later, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of being behind the poisoning of the Skripals, without presenting evidence to support her allegations, and expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the UK.

Subsequently, 18 EU countries plus the United States, Canada, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro and Moldova announced their decision to expel Russian diplomats as part of the the Skripal case. The largest number of expelled Russians was from the United States, 48 diplomats and 12 employees of the Russian mission to the UN. Washington has also ordered the Russian Consulate General in Seattle to be closed. The number of diplomats expelled in the west is 151, and more than 300 total on both sides.

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