Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko expressed solidarity with Great Britain, which claimed that Russia was highly likely to be involved in Skripal’s poisoning. He said it in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region. 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event.
“Kremlin’s chemical attack in Britain is a shocking example of Russian nerve agent use on the territory of another state. It is nothing but infringement of Britain’s sovereignty, and British authorities stated today, that this was Russia’s government order. On the behalf of Ukraine I, as the President of Ukraine, would like to claim about out complete and unconditional solidarity with the nation of the United Kingdom. As a President, I completely agree with this standpoint, which was expressed by USA, Great Britain, France and Germany yesterday. Our message to Russia is the same as the one Gavin Williamson, Britain’s Secretary of State for Defense, announced on Thursday: “Go away and shut up!” the President said.
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.