British Foreign Minister refuses to shake hands with Russian ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

Boris Johnson demonstrated his outrage at Russian political actions
16:43, 17 March 2018

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson did not shake hands with Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko during a recent meeting with him in accordance with the "British protocol". This was told by the Russian diplomat himself, RIA Novosti reports.

"There is a certain British protocol in cases when the ambassador is summoned to the Foreign Ministry. And naturally Johnson demonstrated his outrage at Russia's politics. He should have told me unpleasant things, and therefore, in his submission, the ambassador does not deserve a handshake," - said Yakovenko.

The ambassador stressed that he took it calmly. "We perceive all these things calmly, for me the conversation with the minister, even for such an unpleasant incident for them, is always an opportunity to talk and ask those questions that I want to ask," the diplomat added.

As it was reported earlier, leaders of Great Britain, France, Germany and USA claimed that poisoning of the former GRU officer Skripal and his daughter endanger their safety. The leaders stressed that they share Britain’s opinion on Russia’s involvement in this incident, and they called Moscow for providing the information about Novichok agent (a series of nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union and Russiabetween 1971–1993, -ed.) to the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).

UN Security Council had an emergency session on March 14, when Great Britain confirmed that Russia used Novichok agent to poison Skripal and his daughter. Britain also stated that Russia was highly likely to be involved in this incident, as the state did not give any explanation concerning this case to the British side within the terms set by London.

Besides, Russia was accused of illegal chemical weapon use, which is a violation of the UN Charter.

Russia denied all the accusations and demanded the British side to provide evidence and threatened to respond to London’s ultimatum.

Earlier, Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury. They were taken to the hospital with symptoms of an unknown substance poisoning. Britain thinks that Andrey Lugovoy, deputy of Russia’s Duma, former GRU officer, who acted under the order of Russian authority, is involved in this incident.

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