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UN: 'Cui bono?' - Russian envoy asks UNSC of Salisbury case04:25

UN: 'Cui bono?' - Russian envoy asks UNSC of Salisbury case

United Nations, New York City
March 14, 2018 at 22:16 GMT -00:00 · Published

Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya asked UN Security Council members to think aboutwho would benefit from accusations against Russia in the Skripal poisoning case, speaking at a UN Security Council meeting in New York City on Wednesday.

Nebenzya said Moscow had no interest in killing a former double agent who "posed absolutely no threat" to Russia. Nebenzya used the Latin phrase "Cui bono? ", which translates as "for whose benefit?", to ask UNSC members to think about who would have something to gain by such an incident.

After asking for "hard evidence " of Russia‘s use of a nerve agent on British soil, Nebenzya joked "I do think that we could all stand to benefit from having Sherlock Holmes with us today."

The emergency meeting was called by the UK on the same day that British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the country during a statement to the House of Commons.

Other measures announced include a boycott of the World Cup by the Royal Family, and the revocation of an invitation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to hold talks in the UK.

Speaking in Moscow on Wednesday, the Head of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko described May’s measures against Russia as a "despicable provocation."

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Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya asked UN Security Council members to think aboutwho would benefit from accusations against Russia in the Skripal poisoning case, speaking at a UN Security Council meeting in New York City on Wednesday.

Nebenzya said Moscow had no interest in killing a former double agent who "posed absolutely no threat" to Russia. Nebenzya used the Latin phrase "Cui bono? ", which translates as "for whose benefit?", to ask UNSC members to think about who would have something to gain by such an incident.

After asking for "hard evidence " of Russia‘s use of a nerve agent on British soil, Nebenzya joked "I do think that we could all stand to benefit from having Sherlock Holmes with us today."

The emergency meeting was called by the UK on the same day that British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the country during a statement to the House of Commons.

Other measures announced include a boycott of the World Cup by the Royal Family, and the revocation of an invitation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to hold talks in the UK.

Speaking in Moscow on Wednesday, the Head of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko described May’s measures against Russia as a "despicable provocation."

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