Boris Johnson, the U.K. Foreign Secretary claimed that all evidence gathered in the Skripal case points at the responsibility of Russia and President Putin cannot distance himself and his reputation from this as DW reported.
Talking about why he thinks that exactly Putin ordered to poison Skripal, Johnson noted that Putin as the president bears responsibility for all actions of the Russian state.
'Somebody should respond, bear responsibility and we in Britain think that the evidence of the crime points at Russia as in Litvinenko case. If you remember, the traces of polonium clearly led to Russia. Finally, Putin bears the responsibility for the actions of the Russian state, so, I think, he cannot distance himself'', he noted.
'Vladimir Putin personally claimed that traitors such as Skripal should be poisoned', Johnson remembered, explaining the choice of Skripal as the target.
Ex-colonel of Russia’s Main Intelligence Agency, Sergey Skripal and his daughter, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.
The whole case turned out to be high-profile. The British media call the poisoning 'Litvinenko-2', referring to the poisoning of ex-FSB agent Aleksandr Litvinenko in 2006. British PM Theresa May announced that 23 Russian diplomats will be sent off from the UK due to the attack on Skripal. Foreign Minister Boris Jonson added that the leading Russian officials and members of the royal family are not going to visit Russia for FIFA World Cup matches. Jonson also said that the government considers the option to ban the national football team from the competition.