The Russian Embassy in Paris sent the French Foreign Ministry a note containing 10 questions concerning the Skripal case.
- Why was France called upon to provide technical assistance in the UK investigation into the Salisbury incident?
- Has France sent an official note to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons regarding its participation in technical cooperation in the investigation of the Salisbury incident?
- What evidence did the United Kingdom convey to France in the context of the technical assistance provided?
- Have French specialists participated in the sampling of the biological material of Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal?
- Have French specialists examined samples of the biological material of Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal, and in which laboratories were these studies carried out?
- On what basis did the French specialists establish the use of the Novitchok type poison fighting agent or its equivalent (according to British terminology)?
- What expertise does France have in the field of the study of combat toxic agents of this type or its equivalent?
- On the basis of what signs (markers) have French specialists established the “Russian origin” of the substance used at Salisbury?
- Does France have control samples of Novitchok Combat Toxicant or its equivalent (according to British terminology)?
- Have samples of the toxic fighting agent of this type or its equivalent been developed in France, if so, for what purposes?
Earlier, Moscow had formulated a list of 14 questions concerning the Skripal case, some of which seek to find out why the British authorities decided to associate France with the investigation.
On March 4, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious near a shopping center in Salisbury. A week later, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of being behind the poisoning of the Skripal, without presenting evidence to support her allegations, before expelling 23 Russian diplomats from the UK.
Subsequently, 18 EU countries as well as the United States, Canada, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro and Moldova announced their decision to expel Russian diplomats as part of the the Skripal case. The largest number of Russians was expelled from the United States, 48 diplomats and 12 employees of the Russian mission to the UN. Washington has also ordered the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle. The number of diplomats expelled in the framework of the Skripal affair is now around 151 in the west and more than 300 on both sides.