MOSCOW, 5 March – RIA Novosti. Messages about the possibility of imposing anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and Great Britain for the use of chemical weapons are a new provocative throw-in against Moscow, such restrictions are offered solely for the sake of continuing to demonize Russia in the global information space, Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma's international affairs committee, told reporters.
Earlier, Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that the United States and Britain are considering the possibility of introducing more sanctions against Russia, aimed against sovereign debt and businessmen. According to the agency's interlocutors, the British authorities intend to insist that the OPCW “continue to put pressure on Russia” to provide answers on the use of prohibited substances. In the coming weeks, London will be discussing possible measures with key European allies, including France and Germany.
“Messages about the possibility of imposing anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and Great Britain for the use of chemical weapons are a new provocative throw-in against Moscow. It is symbolic that such insinuations appear exactly on March 5, on the 75th anniversary of (Winston's) Churchill's Fulton speech, the beginning of the cold war. Obviously, little has changed since then. They continue to try to restrain Russia, they declare it their geopolitical enemy, “Slutsky said.
He noted that bringing Russia under accusations of violating the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons began with the provocation in Salisbury: the so-called “highly likely 2.0” is also observed in the story of the “Berlin patient.” However, the parliamentarian stresses, all statements about any use of chemical warfare agents by Russia are “delirium and delirium again.”
Slutsky recalled that in Russia, unlike the United States, they liquidated the last batch of chemical weapons stockpiles on September 27, 2017 in accordance with the same UN Convention, which was confirmed and verified by OPCW inspectors even before this organization was used as a political instrument in West.
“As for the sanctions, they are offered solely for the sake of sanctions and the continuation of the demonization of Russia in the global information space. If they do, I’m sure we will answer. Nobody canceled the principle of reciprocity, I don’t get tired of repeating it,” the deputy concluded.