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UK: Skripal case 'classified' and victims denied consular assistance - Russian ambassador01:07

UK: Skripal case 'classified' and victims denied consular assistance - Russian ambassador

United Kingdom, London
March 4, 2019 at 23:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

One year after the alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Russian officials still have no access to the investigation or the Skripals themselves, revealed Russian ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko during an interview from London on Monday.

"Everything that is one way or another linked to the investigation is classified," explained Yakovenko.

"We don't have any reports, official reports and not a single note," he added.

The Skripals are believed to have been poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury on March 4. The UK continues to hold Moscow responsible for the incident, while Kremlin has denied any involvement in the affair.

Since the episode, the Russian Embassy has been prevented from providing consular service to Sergei and Yulia, both of whom are Russian citizens. Moscow says this is a violation of international and domestic law.

"The family did not have any chance to talk to Sergei and Yulia. That's why we believe they are under the huge pressure and they are isolated and basically we do not know their destiny, you know. What happened to them, what is their health condition, whether they are alive, whether they are in the United Kingdom - everything is classified and covered with a secrecy," the Russian Ambassador proposed.

UK: Skripal case 'classified' and victims denied consular assistance - Russian ambassador01:07
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One year after the alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Russian officials still have no access to the investigation or the Skripals themselves, revealed Russian ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko during an interview from London on Monday.

"Everything that is one way or another linked to the investigation is classified," explained Yakovenko.

"We don't have any reports, official reports and not a single note," he added.

The Skripals are believed to have been poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury on March 4. The UK continues to hold Moscow responsible for the incident, while Kremlin has denied any involvement in the affair.

Since the episode, the Russian Embassy has been prevented from providing consular service to Sergei and Yulia, both of whom are Russian citizens. Moscow says this is a violation of international and domestic law.

"The family did not have any chance to talk to Sergei and Yulia. That's why we believe they are under the huge pressure and they are isolated and basically we do not know their destiny, you know. What happened to them, what is their health condition, whether they are alive, whether they are in the United Kingdom - everything is classified and covered with a secrecy," the Russian Ambassador proposed.