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Skripal's case: Sweden summons Russian Ambassador to meeting
18:59, 19 March 2018

Skripal's case: Sweden summons Russian Ambassador to meeting

Earlier, Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, stated that the countries, which were conducting research in chemistry since 1990s till now in particular, are highly likely to be the producers of the chemical weapon

18:59, 19 March 2018
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Swiss Foreign Ministry summoned Russian Ambassador in Stockholm to a meeting because of Moscow’s claim that the substance, which poisoned ex-GRU officer Skripal and his daughter was likely produced in Sweden, The Local reports.

Per Enerud, Foreign Ministry representative, confirmed the media report that the Ambassador had been summoned to a meeting, which is to be held on Tuesday in the Ministry.

Earlier, Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, stated that "the most likely source of this chemical attack are the countries that, since the end of the 1990s – and currently still – have been carrying out intense research on the substances from the 'Novichok' programme".

Related: Former KGB agent reports on threats month before Skripal’s poisoning

"These countries are Britain, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Sweden. The question should also be raised regarding the United States,” Zakharova said.

Margot Wallström, Swiss Foreign Minister, denied the accusations immediately.

“Forcefully reject unacceptable and unfounded allegation by Russian MFA spokesperson that nerve agent used in Salisbury might originate in Sweden. Russia should answer UK questions instead,” she wrote on Twitter.

Czech and Slovakia governments denied the accusations as well.

Earlier, Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated, that Russia will expel 23 British diplomats as a response to Britain’s actions.

Theresa May said that Russia was highly likely to be involved in Skripal’s poisoning. Later, Britain has officially confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury.

Official London called the incident “indiscriminative and irresponsible attack on the UK, after which innocent civilians ran the risk,” Russian Foreign Ministry considers British accusations a provocation, which disrupts dialogue with Great Britain.

Later, Britain decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, Britain will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason.

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.

Related: Russia threatens to respond to Britain’s ultimatum, demands proofs of Skripal’s poisoning

Related: Skripal case: EU demands from Russia to urgently declassify Novichok program

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