3 Oct 2018 21:52

The Skripal files book could mislead into speculation, second-guessing - Russian Embassy

MOSCOW. Oct 3 (Interfax) - The Skripal files book may have substituted facts with fiction, Russian diplomats said.

"We have yet to familiarize ourselves with the book's contents. At the same time it is known that its author, Mark Urban, is close to British intelligence services. This gives every reason to regard the publication of this book as a substitute for a real on-screen appearance of Sergei Skiripal and his testifying as a key witness in the Salisbury incident," a spokesperson stated on the embassy's website in response to questions from the media.

"Instead of facts, we are again being led onto the path of speculation and second-guessing," the spokesperson said.

The book due for release later this week is based on several interviews which Skripal gave to Urban in the summer of 2017.