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 Russian ambassador to UN believes Skripal case impacted Russia's role in international arena, questioned country's legitimacy

Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzia Sunday said the manner in which the Skripal case was developing damaged Russia's role in the international arena and questioned the country's legitimacy.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Russian news outlet Gazeta.ru, the diplomat said in an interview with Russian Channel One.

"This [the Skripal case] questions [Russia's] legitimacy in general. It is an attack not only on our role in the Syrian peace settlement but on our role in the international arena in general," Nebenzia said.

He also stressed that the pressure exerted on Russia was unprecedented. 

On April 5, Nebenzia told the UN Security Council  that Britain was "playing with fire" and had invented a "fake story". He said Britain's main goal had been "to discredit and even delegitimise" Russia and accused the government of waging a "propaganda war".

As reported, Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city on March 4. The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok and PM Theresa May said she believed Moscow was "culpable."

UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats as part of a "full and robust" response – prompting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to say it will "certainly" expel British diplomats in response.

On March 16, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had "no reason to doubt the findings and assessments by the British government" which suggested Russian responsibility. He said the "UK is not alone" and Nato allies gave "strong political support" to Britain, following a joint statement from the US, France and Germany backing Mrs May's government and a pledge of support from Australia.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that the U.K.'s government believes that it was likely Putin's decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K.

On March 26, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States, including 12 people identified as Russian intelligence officers who have been stationed at the United Nations in New York.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3060243