Paris continues to press Russia for answers on Skripal case

Press briefing given by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt)

Paris, 3 April 2018

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Chemical weapons

Q. – On 31 March, Russia officially handed France a list of questions concerning the Skripal case, requesting details about French involvement in the investigation of the case in the UK. What answers does France intend to give to the letter from the Russian diplomatic service?

THE SPOKESPERSON – The OPCW alone was asked to provide assistance under Article VIII of the Chemical Weapons Convention in order to verify the findings of the inquiry conducted by the UK.

We are urging the Russian Federation to answer the questions the UK put to it on 12 March 2018, which have remained unanswered since that date despite the seriousness of the Skripal case.

The UK has kept the France closely informed of its technical investigation. France shares the UK’s assessment that there is no plausible explanation other than a responsibility by Russia and again expresses its solidarity with its ally./.

Russia – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Paris, 30 March 2018

France’s decision on 26 March to expel four members of Russian diplomatic personnel aimed to express its total solidarity with the United Kingdom following the chemical attack perpetrated in Salisbury. These measures were suitable and proportionate.

Today’s Russian decision to expel four members of staff from the French Embassy in Russia did not surprise us. We can only regret it and recall that, to date, Russia has refused to provide the explanations expected concerning the Salisbury attack.

France recalls its commitment to and availability for constructive dialogue with Russia on all international issues./.

United Kingdom – Russia/Salisbury attack – Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 26 March 2018

Following the conclusions of the European Council of 22 and 23 March, considering that the Salisbury attack constitutes a serious threat to our collective security and to international law, recalling that the European Council agreed that no other plausible explanation exists than that the Russian Federation is responsible, and in solidarity with our British partners, we have today informed the Russian authorities of our decision to expel four Russian members of staff with diplomatic status from French territory, within one week./.

Published on 04/04/2018

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