UN security council rebuffs Moscows request that Russian scientists join investigation into nerve agent attack against Skripals
Russia failed at the United Nations security council to prise apart the British diplomatic alliance that accuses Moscow of is in charge of the poison attack last month on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.
A Russian call at the UN to require Britain to cooperate with Moscow by staging a joint investigation into the poisoning was rejected by the UK's key allies on the 15 strong UN security council, including France, US, Poland the Netherlands and Sweden.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is attempting to use any international forum available to discredit the UK case by sowing doubts among Britain's allies and indicating ulterior motives for the British claims.
Neither America nor France toned down assaults over Russia's apparent breach of the chemical weapons convention.” Trivialisation of the use of chemical weapons including in Salisbury would open the door to chemical terrorism ,” said Francois Delattre, the French ambassador to the UN.
But Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian ambassador to the UN, said the UK was trying to delegitimise Russia.” We have told our British colleagues that' you're playing with fire and you'll be sorry ‘,” he said.