Kyiv: Alexander Yakovenko, Russia's ambassador to the UK, spoke at a briefing to comment on British-Russian relations.
Yakovenko's Speech was targeted around the situation surrounding the murder of Skripal. At the beginning of the briefing, the ambassador admitted that “Russia does not support the charges against Britain. The dialogue between the countries was frozen. ” The diplomat added that after the alleged thought, and according to Yakovenko, the investigations and prosecutions of 23 Russian diplomats in Britain were recognized by the Kingdom as persona non grata in Britain. The ambassador summed up that the Federation had to do the same. But still, Yakovenko summed up that cultural diplomacy is still developed between countries.
Yakovenko repeatedly stated Russia's position on Petrova and Boshirov's account: "We do not recognize the charges for 3 reasons: there is no evidence, the investigation is not transparent and we do not have access to the documents. We are asking for cooperation with Britain for a successful investigation of the case. " Yakovenko answered emotionally, makind a remembrance on the interview done with Boshirov and Petrov: "They officially confessed that these were their surnames and names, and they confessed that they did not work in the GRU. This is an official information. The source of Bilingkett, who published this investigation, is a British specialist resource. It's just media, it's not an official source and we do not believe in this information. "
Also, Yakovenko added that the Russian Federation has evidence that Boshirov and Petrov are innocent, but cannot provide this information, since this is a “state secret”.
The ambassador announced that Russia is ready to work with Britain, but only if they ask us about it "properly.
Earlier it was reported that the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, held another briefing in the occupied Crimea, in Koktebel, in the country house of the famous Russian journalist Dmitry Kiselev.