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Moscow continues to demand meeting with Yulia Skripal

Yulia Skripal is a Russian national, Lavrov reminded

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the Russian side continues to demand a meeting with Russian citizen Yulia Skripal, the daughter of former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal.

"There are Vienna conventions on diplomatic and consular relations that obligate the British government to present our citizen Yulia Skripal, because while Sergei Skripal has dual citizenship, Yulia only has Russian citizenship," Lavrov said on Monday in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station.

"We will demand the Vienna Convention to be adhered to."

"Now that we have demanded that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) provide information related to the escalation of the Skripal issue by the British, we have received an official response stating that this issue is a matter of British security, which is why it is not subject to any disclosure or response from the side of London," the Russian top diplomat noted.

"We will continue to demand a meeting with our citizen," Lavrov stressed.

The Salisbury incident

On March 4, ex-GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain, 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 nerve agent allegedly developed in Russia, London rushed to accuse Moscow of being involved in the incident. The Russian side flatly 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. Britain’s military chemical laboratory at Porton Down has failed to identify the origin of the substance that poisoned the Skripals.

Later on, London expelled 23 Russian diplomats and announced other anti-Russian measures, which forced Moscow to respond symmetrically by ousting the same number of British diplomats, closing the Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in St. Petersburg, and terminating the operations of the British Council in Russia.