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On the decision of the Government of Australia to expel Russian diplomats

It is regrettable that by virtue of the notorious Anglo-Saxon and Euro-Atlantic solidarity the relatively small but substantial positive asset in our relationship, which we had managed to create by a joint effort during the last two years, was jeopardized. It is astonishing how easily the allies of Great Britain follow it blindly contrary to the norms of civilized bilateral dialogue and international relations, and against the common sense. The modern world is not in a stage when it is possible to dictate anything to anybody, regardless of the nostalgia for past grandeur in certain capitals. 

Neither the Russian side, attempt on which citizens’ life was made, nor other states possess impartial exhaustive information about the “Skripal case”. The denial to investigate the circumstances of the case indicates the longing of Great Britain for a foregone conclusion the achievement of which can be hampered by an unbiased inquiry. It is categorically unacceptable to expose Russia as a threat to international peace as well as to attribute some kind of “recklessness and irresponsibility” to our foreign policy in a groundless and unsubstantiated way.

Nowadays it is more than ever important to provide the rule of international law with a maximum use of mechanisms in the area of disarmament that have been elaborated over decades and have proved to be successful. Unfortunately, all that we can see today is a step in the exact opposite direction. Such flagrant and primitive campaigns as the “Skripal case” that are crudely orchestrated by London, could only trigger further erosion of international relations architecture on which peace and security in the whole world during the post-war period were rested.