Instead of accusations and threats, Russia demands facts. From the MH17 case in Donbass to chemical attacks in Syria to the Skripal poisoning in Britain, the West only throws accusations against Russia without giving any proof, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that such an approach “will not work.”
The Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for Nonproliferation & Arms Control, Vladimir Ermakov, gave his statement at a meeting with the representatives of foreign embassies in Moscow.
"The Western countries have never presented proper evidence to substantiate their claims in any of the recent high-profile international incidents, including the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet over Eastern Ukraine or the alleged instances of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. They, however, always treated their own statements as “ultimate truth,” Ermakov said.
Although the ambassadors from the UK, France and the US did not bother to attend the meeting with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s officials over the Skripal case, they sent their representatives with harshly worded statements. A US representative warned that Washington “will hold Russia accountable for its illegal actions,” reiterating that the US stands in complete solidarity with UK. His French colleague also expressed the “full solidarity of France with the UK,” following what he called a “chemical attack that was conducted on its territory.”
“Do you want to investigate [the Skripal case]? We are ready for a joint investigation. If you do not, then it is a different question entirely,” Ermakov said, and pointed out that CCTV cameras are mounted almost “everywhere” in the UK and the British authorities must have had records showing what exactly happened in Salisbury.
“You have everything recorded. Share [the evidence] and we will help with the investigation,” the diplomat added.
Ermakov then drew attention to the fact that it is not the first time that the western powers have refused to disclose evidence that could be crucial for a high-profile international investigation but could prove undesirable for the agenda promoted by the West.
“We know how some mechanisms that you consider to be ‘reliable’ worked in Syria: it was a total fake,” Ermakov said, referring to the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which was tasked with investigating the instances of the alleged chemical weapons used in Syria.
Then, referring to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014, Ermakov rhetorically asked, “Does the US really have no … data about who exactly shot down that Boeing?”
“You did have everything recorded, you had a satellite [monitoring the situation] over there,” Ermakov added.
He then said that the US preferred to “stay silent” and never shared its data following the incident despite the fact that the investigation into the attack on the jet became de facto deadlocked. The diplomat also drew attention to that fact that the West “blamed Russia even before the Boeing hit the ground.”
Six months after the inquiry into the Flight MH17 crash in Ukraine had entered its fourth year, the Dutch investigators have not provided any tangible results. The probe has been recently extended for yet another year. The Western politicians, meanwhile, continue to blame Russia for the incident.
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Embassy in US: "Stop demonizing Russia!"
The Russian Embassy in the US has demanded that Washington present evidence of Russia’s illegal actions in light of the alleged poisoning of the former Russian intelligence officer and British spy, Sergei Skripal, in the UK. It published its commentary on the situation around the Skripal case in Facebook.
"We strongly urge Washington to furnish us with the evidence on Russia’s illegal actions it mentioned," the document said. "If such evidence really exists, it can be provided fast enough, Or else, there is an opportunity to admit its absence and to bring apologies to us, the way all decent people would do it."
The embassy also expressed astonishment "over certain incompetent judgments" passed by the White House press secretary, Heather Nauert, who claimed Russia was bearing responsibility for Skripal’s poisoning.
"We would like to make a reminder that any kind of forceful rhetoric in the dialogue with Russia is counterproductive, although we cannot ban its use for domestic purposes here," the embassy said. It stressed the importance of explanations for a number of facts related to the Skripal poisoning.
The commentary called on the West to stop demonizing Russia:
"Stop demonizing Russia. Stop threatening Russia and Russian diplomats, whose new expulsions some politicians continue pressing for. It is time you stopped charging us with all the imaginable things."
DONi News Agency