Mattis: Putin is responsible, as head of state for attempted murder Skripal

The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis told reporters March 27 that for the attempted murder of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, British Salisbury Executive President of Russia Vladimir Putin as head of state, reports The Hill.

Answering the question of how to classify poisoning Skripal, the head of the Pentagon said, «the Attempted murder of a man and his daughter to start.» He added that «pretty obvious» the use of chemical agent Russia it was recorded «for the first time in Europe since the Second world war.»

On the question of whether Putin knows about the attempt to poison Skripal and his daughter, Mattis said that he can’t think about what she knew the President of Russia, it added: «of Course, he is responsible as head of state».

Mattis also said that Russia «can be a partner of Europe», but instead «chose the pursuit of different relationships with NATO countries». The Pentagon chief added that the Russians deny everything: introduce its forces in Crimea without insignia, saying that the attempt to kill a man in Salisbury can’t be proven. According to the Minister of defense, Russia «is trying to break the unity of the Western Alliance, NATO.»

4 March 2018 66-year-old Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia was hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning in British Salisbury.

The investigation revealed that during the attack was used that was developed in Russia, a nerve agent, Novichok. Prime Minister Theresa may has demanded from the Kremlin to explain what had happened until the evening of March 13, otherwise London would take an incident of unlawful use of force by Russia against great Britain.

The UK position was supported by the government of France, USA, Germany, Australia and other countries.

Moscow has refused to answer the ultimatum of London, and demanded to give her samples of the substance that poisoned Skrobala.

March 14, the British authorities announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats 23, and the suspension of the planned bilateral contacts with Russia. March 17, Russia declared a persona non grata 23 British diplomats.

Following the UK a similar decision was taken a number of countries: USA (60 diplomats), Ukraine (13), Germany, Canada, Poland, France (four), Lithuania, Czech Republic (three), Albania, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands (two), Australia, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Finland, Croatia, Sweden, Estonia (one).

NATO also withdraws the accreditation of seven Russian representatives to the Alliance.

Mattis: Putin is responsible, as head of state for attempted murder Skripal 28.03.2018

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