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The Skripals should have been immediately given antidote - Russian UN ambassador

April 06, 2018, 2:05 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS

This murky story has more questions than answers, Vasily Nebenzya said

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UNITED NATIONS, April 6./TASS/. Former Russian military intelligence (GRU) officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter should have been immediately given an antidote to save them, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said at a session of the UN Security Council looking into the Salisbury poisoning on Thursday.

"This murky story has more questions than answers," he said. "If this super-powerful substance was dispersed in Skripal’s house or on the door handle, how could Sergei and Yulia have stayed normal for several hours? How could they have survived after that," the diplomat emphasized.

"In point of fact, the only explanation is that both of them got injections of an antidote. Experts say unanimously that a sample of this very and not just similar substance should have been somewhere within the reach," he stated.

On March 4, Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain and later swapped for Russian intelligence officers, and his daughter Yulia suffered the effects of an alleged nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury. Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a so-called Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russia of being involved in the incident. Moscow rejected all of the United Kingdom’s accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russia.

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