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Situation around Skripal case still looks weird — Lavrov

Discrepancies in the Skripal case were causing a strong concern, he added
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. The situation around the case for poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal remains rather weird, as London continues covering up information and destroying evidence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with UK Channel 4.

His said discrepancies in the Skripal case were causing a strong concern, he said. Russia had not received consular access to a Russian citizen [Yulia Skripal], although this violated all the international conventions on diplomatic and consular relations.

Nor had Moscow received any plausible explanations for the denial of a British entry visa to Yulia’s cousin sister, Lavrov said. The same concerned many other things linked in the most immediate way to the Salisbury incident.

He recalled UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s words who said recently the side of contamination had undergone disinfection a whole four months after the incidents and the police officer affected by the alleged nerve agent had recovered almost miraculously.

Lavrov said the Skripals had recovered miraculously, too, and now the reports say the Skripals’ and the policeman’s houses are to be pulled down.

All of this looks like persistent elimination of physical evidence, with the benches in the park removed almost immediately, as was the video footage showing the police and security service officer examine the bench in special outfits simultaneously with totally unprotected people walking around, Lavrov said.

All of this does look very strange, he said

Lavrov did not rule out that the UK authorities were taking multiple steps quite purposefully to hide away the true circumstances of the case. He called on those who were seeking true causes of the situation to look at who might benefit from it.

In the current situation, the UK was definitely gaining political benefits from it, Lavrov said.