MOSCOW, March 13 (Itar-Tass) - RIA Novosti. British Prime Minister Teresa May made a speech in the parliament about the "very likely" involvement of Russia in the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, who were hospitalized in Salisbury at the beginning of last week, and demanded explanations from Moscow.

According to her, they used a substance developed in Russia against them. "He is part of the group of nerve agents, known as the" Newcomer, "the politician specified, according to her, the data are based on a positive reaction of the samples.

"Either it was about the direct action of the Russian state against our country, or else the Russian government lost control over a potentially catastrophically dangerous nerve agent and allowed it to fall into the wrong hands," she noted.

She said that Russia has time until Tuesday evening to provide detailed explanations of the situation and threatened "more serious measures" than before.

In coordination with the United States

The accusations against Russia were made by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"For such an attack, there is never an excuse for trying to kill a private citizen on the territory of a sovereign state, and we are outraged that Russia seems to be demonstrating such behavior again." From Ukraine to Syria and now to Britain, Russia continues to be irresponsible , carrying instability to the world, acting with open disdain for the sovereignty of other countries and the lives of its citizens, "Tillerson said.

He also noted that May's statement about the possible involvement of Russia was coordinated with the United States.

"We agree that the responsible - both those who committed the crime and those who ordered it - must face serious serious consequences." We are in solidarity with our allies in the United Kingdom and will continue to closely coordinate our response, "concluded the US Secretary of State.

However, there is no real evidence that Moscow is behind the poisoning, neither May nor Tillerson was provided.

"Circus show"

May's statement has already been commented on in the Russian Foreign Ministry. The official representative of the foreign policy department called the speech of the British Prime Minister a "circus show."

"The conclusion is obvious: another information and political campaign based on provocation," she told reporters.

The statement of the foreign ministry also says that accusations against Moscow are connected with the upcoming World Cup in football.

The Foreign Ministry recalled that "it was repeatedly warned: before the start of the World Cup in Russia, the Western media launched a full-scale media campaign aimed at discrediting Russia and undermining its credibility as the hostess of this sporting event."

"We want to stress once again: such provocative injections, inflating anti-Russian hysteria, only complicate relations between our countries and strike a blow to world sports," the ministry said.

Provocation of special services

May also responded to the Council of Federation. Thus, the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Yevgeny Serebrennikov, said that May's words can not be taken seriously.

"She has already become entangled in the wording because of her desire to threaten Russia more vigorously.The international law can not recognize the explanation of false accusations as an excuse for the use of force, it's sad and funny," said the senator.

The veteran special services officer, senator Igor Morozov, in his turn, said that Russia not only stopped the production of Novoye gas, but also destroyed all its reserves, as confirmed by the international observers of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The first deputy head of the international committee, FSB general Vladimir Jabarov suggested that the provocation with the poisoning of Skripal could be carried out by the special services of Britain or third countries to blame and blacken Russia.

He stressed that it is utter folly to blame Moscow, which itself issued the former Russian officer of Great Britain.

Benefits for London

The same opinion was expressed by Alexey Fenenko, a leading member of the Institute for International Security Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. According to him, it would be unprofitable for Russia to poison Skripal and his daughter, all the more so to do so demonstratively.

"But Britain itself is very advantageous in order to create a pretext for accusing Russia of interfering in internal affairs," the expert believes.

Who is Sergey Skripal

In 2006, the Moscow District Military Court sentenced Skripal to 13 years in prison. During the service in the Russian army in the mid-1990s, he was recruited by British intelligence, and he passed on to her information constituting state secrets.

The violin was in the UK after he, along with two convicts for espionage, was exchanged for ten people detained in the United States.

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