Russia accused the British government of destroying the evidence in the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, posing this action as the necessary disinfection. This was mentioned during the briefing of the Russian embassy.
The Russian side doubts whether the nerve agent used in the attack does not vaporize or disappears with the time - as well as the statement that it needs disinfection for complete removal.
'We have carefully studied the DEFRA statement saying that decontamination of the nine allegedly contaminated sites in Salisbury has begun. We could not help but notice that the list of such places had considerably expanded. In addition to the previously mentioned "Zizzi" restaurant, the "Mill" pub, the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious and the house of Sergei Skripal now ambulance stations and the house of Sgt Nick Bailey are among them. In this regard, the question arises: why has none of the Salisbury residents, except for the three victims, had symptoms of poisoning by a nerve agent, which, according to British experts, has been in public places all this time and which does not evaporate", "does not disappear over time" and must now be removed using special chemicals? If these statements are true, it is completely unclear how Sgt Bailey, who returned to his own home after leaving the hospital, was not again exposed. Moreover, all this time the British authorities have continued to assure the inhabitants of Salisbury that their risks are very low. These obvious inconsistencies lead us to believe that the so-called decontamination, which includes "incinerating of potentially contaminated objects", is an element of the strategy aiming to destroy the important and valuable evidence. A similar approach has already been used in the case of putting down Mr Skripal’s pet animals. In other words, this flagrant violation of the norms of international law by the UK is intended to cover up the evidence of the staged provocation against Russia', the statement said.
Ex-colonel of Russia’s Main Intelligence Agency, Sergey Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.
Theresa May, British Prime Minister, stated that Russia was highly likely to be involved in Skripal’s case. Later, Britain had officially confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury. Due to this, British representative accused Russia of violating of UN Charter and Chemical Weapons Convention at the UN Security Council session.