Russia has denied allegations that its military intelligence officers were behind the Skripal poisoning affair in Britain and suggested that the British government timed its accusations to an upcoming false flag attack in Syria.
On Thursday, the UK gave an update to the UN Security Council on its investigation of the poisoning attack on former double agent Sergey Skripal in Salisbury in May. Karen Pierce, the British representative to the UN, summed up the statements given on the previous days by the British investigators and Prime Minister Theresa May on the case. She reiterated the claim that the two suspects in the case were officers of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, based on classified intelligence available to the British government.
Her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzya, called the allegations “a cocktail of lies” and denied any involvement of the Russian state in the Skripal saga. The Russian diplomat said the promised breakthrough in the case turned out to be disappointing for Russia and simply followed a pattern of baseless accusation against Moscow by the British side.
Theresa May has said on Wednesday that the poisoning of former Russian Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March was ordered at a “senior level” of the Russian government. She said that the suspects, named as ‘Alexander Petrov’ and ‘Ruslan Boshirov’, are members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service, and that the poisoning was not a “rogue operation.”
British and Russian officials will now come face to face at the meeting to discuss the accusations further.