Spy Poisoning: Russia Calls UN Meeting To Weaken UK’s Case
Russia has called a United Nations Security Council meeting for Thursday as it seeks to undermine Britain's case that it was responsible for the poisoning of a Russian former spy.
Moscow, emboldened after the UK was forced to withdraw a claim that its scientists had pinned the blame on Russia for the attack, will attempt to further embarrass Britain in front of its international allies.
A month after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the English city of Salisbury, the United Kingdom and Russia remain locked in a battle over who is to blame, according to CNN.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said it was "highly likely" the attack was ordered by the Russian government. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusation.
On Wednesday, Moscow failed in its efforts to persuade the chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to allow a joint UK-Russia investigation into the attack. The OPCW is already carrying out an independent investigation at the UK's request.
Meanwhile, the BBC reports that Russian state TV has aired a recording of an alleged phone conversation, which it says took place between UK Yulia and her cousin.
Yulia and her father are in hospital.
In the recording, which has not yet been verified, she says she is fine.
Yulia reportedly tells her cousin Viktoria: "Everything is ok. He [her father] is resting now, having a sleep. Everyone's health is fine, there are no irreparable things. I will be discharged soon. Everything is ok."