Anton Morozov, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, commented on the statement of the British Ambassador to Russia Lori Bristow that the ex-Colonel of the GRU, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned last year in Salisbury, alive:
“This is a completely unprecedented case in international practice, when consular officials cannot access the citizens of Russia. We do not impose our help, but we must at least make sure that everything is in order with them, they are not held back by force and have normal conditions for life. These requirements are completely justified in terms of international law, but the British side ignores the legitimate requests of Russian representatives.
The United Kingdom, as a state party to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, is obliged to provide consular access to Russian citizens residing in its territory. Ambassador’s statements are not enough. It is puzzling that a British diplomat of such a high level does not own or pretend that he does not possess the basic regulatory and legal act in the field of diplomatic law.
Of course, London’s actions violate international laws and regulations. Russia will continue to insist that our side be informed at least about the location of Skripale and what is happening to them.