UN / UK SALISBURY

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British ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce said allowing Russian scientists into the Salisbury attack investigation “when they are the most likely perpetrators of the crime in Salisbury would be like Scotland Yard inviting in Professor Moriarty"- referring to the infamous character from the Sherlock Holmes novels. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UK SALISBURY
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DATELINE: 05 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

05 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Pierce approaching stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“Allowing Russian scientists into an investigation when they are the most likely perpetrators of the crime in Salisbury would be like Scotland Yard inviting in Professor Moriarty. So, I don’t think that’s a tenable way forward. Instead, I fear that the Russian motive in calling for a Security Council meeting today is another step in the pattern of obfuscation and contempt for international institutions that we have sadly seen all too much of from the Russian Federation recently.”
4. Wide shot, Pierce at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“I think I would also like to draw attention to the fact that immediately after the attack we did go to the Russians and invite them to work with us to try and resolve what had happened if they believed that a rogue element of the Russian State had been responsible. They rejected that opportunity, so I think we can draw our own conclusions.”
6. Wide shot, Pierce at stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“I’m not sure what he’s referring to. There is a part of me that is tempted to say bring it on. We are confident of our position. We have set it out very clearly. The next stage is for OPCW to give us the results of their independent expert analysis.”
8. Wide shot, Pierce at stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“I don’t want to comment on whether or not they have interview Yulia in the light of her statement, but obviously she will be a very important person in all of this. On consular access, we have international obligations. We will fulfil those obligations. We will also take into account the wishes of Yulia herself.”
10. Wide shot, Pierce at stakeout
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“I do have a bit of a fear listening to some to some of the Russian statements that what they are really aiming for is to build a narrative of how they won’t accept the OPCW results when they come. And all I’d say on that is, we as the UK have nothing to hide. We look forward to the report which will be given to us as the requesting State-party. We ask, what have to Russians got to fear?”
12. Pan right, Pierce leaving stakeout


STORYLINE:

British ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce said allowing Russian scientists into the Salisbury attack investigation “when they are the most likely perpetrators of the crime in Salisbury would be like Scotland Yard inviting in Professor Moriarty"- referring to the infamous character from the Sherlock Holms novels.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (05 Apr), Pierce said she feared that the call by Russia for a meeting on the attack this afternoon was “another step in the pattern of obfuscation and contempt for international institutions that we have sadly seen all too much of from the Russian Federation recently.”

The British ambassador said the United Kingdom had a body of evidence which pointed to Russia. She said Russia had declared that ex-intelligence officers were fair game for assassination and that the UK authorities were able to establish that the nerve agent used in the attack was of military grade and so complicated that it could only be produced by a State actor. She said the UK authorities invited the Russians to work with them immediately after the attack “if they believed that a rogue element of the Russian State had been responsible” She added, “They rejected that opportunity, so I think we can draw our own conclusions.”

Asked about a tweet this morning by the Russian deputy ambassador in which he said that the afternoon meeting at the Security Council was likely to be a moment of truth and that those who spread lies would have a price to pay, Pierce responded, “I’m not sure what he’s referring to. There is a part of me that is tempted to say bring it on.”

The British ambassador said she did not want to comment on whether British police had questioned Yulia Skripal now that she was conscious however she noted that Yulia would be “a very important person in all of this.” Pierce said the UK would fulfil its international obligations with regards to Russian consular access to Yulia but authorities would also “take into account the wishes of Yulia herself.”

Pierce said the next step for the British Government was to see the results of the independent expert analysis of sample from the Salisbury attack by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). She said the UK was confident of its position but feared that Russian was building a narrative of how it “won’t accept the OPCW results when they come.” She said, “We as the UK have nothing to hide; we look forward to the report which will be given to us as the requesting State-party; we ask, what have to Russians got to fear?”
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