LONDON, December 15. /TASS/. The UK attempts to fill the information vacuum around the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in order to distract the attention of the British public from Brexit, Russia’s embassy in London said on Saturday.
"In the embassy’s opinion, that piece was meant to continue a series of the British authorities’ attempts to fill the information vacuum around this ‘obscure’ story with the Skripals as well as to distract the public’s attention from Brexit," the embassy said in comments on an article in the Guardian about impressions of the police officers who found the Skripals in Salisbury.
"We have already read a book about Sergei Skripal, watched a BBC documentary about the Salisbury incident. It is high time for London to finally make public the interim results of the investigation, which are based on reliable facts," says the statement.
According to London's version, on March 4 former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, convicted in Russia of spying for Britain, and his daughter Yulia, were exposed to a 'Novichok-class' nerve agent in Salisbury. The British government claimed that Russia was "highly likely" behind the incident. However, Moscow strongly dismissed all speculations on that score, adding that programs for developing this substance had never existed in the Soviet Union or Russia. Britain’s military chemical laboratory at Porton Down failed to pinpoint the origin of the substance that poisoned the Skripals.