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Senior Russian diplomat says impossible to trust London in investigating Skripal case

April 04, 18:12 UTC+3

Only an independent probe by experts can establish the truth, Sergei Ryabkov said

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MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. It is totally impossible to trust Great Britain in investigating the Skripal incident, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS on Wednesday.

"There is no trust in Great Britain, it is impossible to trust London, given its continuous misconduct and the unacceptable rhetoric against Russia, which is beyond the pale," he said.

Only an independent probe by experts into the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain’s Salisbury can establish the truth, according to Ryabkov.

"Our proposal (made at Wednesday’s special meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) was the organization’s Executive Council should agree on creation of an independent panel of experts empowered to look into all circumstances of the case," Ryabkov said. "Only thorough examination of all facts and circumstances with our representatives taking part will ensure truly unbiased probe into truth. This is the gist of our proposal, no more, no less."

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