As he warned of drastic consequences of US strike on Syria, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has commented on the UK’s claims of Russian involvement in ex-double agent’s poisoning
“If there is another strike of this kind, the gravest consequences will follow,” the minister said, commenting on the threats from the US to attack the Syrian government troops.
Lavrov also told the journalists that after the reports about a chemical attack in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 appeared he received a phone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who asked for help in getting access for experts to the scene.
“We agreed with Damascus that such access would be granted. When we gave this information to Washington, they said that “it was no longer necessary” and immediately conducted a strike,” the minister added.
The statement comes a day after US Envoy to UN Nikky Haley threatened with Washington’s strike against Damascus in case the chemical weapons use in Syria.
Meanwhile, the Russian top diplomat stated that the UK should abide by the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and provide Russia an access to the samples of the nerve-agent which was allegedly used by poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
“As soon as the rumors, fed by the British leadership, about the fact that the substance produced in Russia was involved in the poisoning of Skripal appeared, we immediately requested an access to this substance so that our experts could analyze it in accordance with the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” he said at a news conference.
On Monday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May claimed in her address to the lower chamber of parliament that ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned by a nerve-agent, developed in Russia, the move considered as London’s ultimatum by the Russian foreign minister.