Scientists at the UK’s Porton Down military research facility said on April 3 they were unable to establish where the nerve agent used in the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal was produced, directly contradicting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who previously claimed that the same facility confirmed to him that it was produced in Russia.
The revelation has thrown the UK’s diplomatic sanctions against Russia into question, as well as the sanctions and anti-Russia measures implemented by numerous European and North American states, who acted in solidarity with the British government on the basis of the foreign secretary’s confirmation from investigators at Porton Down of Russian involvement in the Skripal attack.
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In response to today’s developments, the Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party’s leader in the Bundestag, Alexander Gauland, said there is no evidence which implicates Russia in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, and criticized the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
“There is no evidence that Russia is behind the assassination attempt on Skripal. This means, above all, that the expulsions of Russian diplomats and all other policies against Russia in this case were premature and unwise,” Mr Gauland was quoted as saying by an official AfD press release.
“Even in diplomacy and politics the presumption of innocence must first apply…