9 Apr 2018 09:29

Attempt at politicizing Skripal case not to be furthered at OSCE - Lukashevich

MOSCOW. April 9 (Interfax) - The United Kingdom will stop trying to further the case of poisoning of the former colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), Sergei Skripal, on international platforms at some point, Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich told the newspaper Izvestia in an interview published on Monday.

"The UK has been trying to worsen the already unhealthy atmosphere not just at the OSCE but also on other international platforms. Of course, the Britons have been pushing for the subject at the Permanent Council. But it was nothing but a spinoff. It was difficult to challenge our arguments. The attempt to politicize the issue and highlight it at the OSCE did not go any further. And it won't it," Lukashevich said.

The events are taking a totally new turn, he said.

"I think London will no longer want to raise this subject on international platforms as time passes. It was a strictly formal gesture for London's part although it was definitely unpleasant. One should understand that we in the OSCE have more differences and quarrels over Ukrainian affairs," Lukashevich said.