The head of the SVR Sergey Naryshkin did not often appear on the screens after he moved from Okhotny Ryad to Yasenevo. All the more surprising is his interview , which he gave on Friday to the BBC and which the British published today (video here ). Miracles did not end there. The BBC crew and correspondent Stephen Rosenberg were invited to the holy of holies of Russian foreign intelligence - at its headquarters, where no Western journalist had gone before. However, the questions of the journalist and the answers of the Russian chief spy did not bring any sensation.
The head of the SVR reiterated that the Russian authorities did not agree with the allegations of Russia's involvement in the poisoning of the novice poisonous substance Novichok, the double spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, which occurred in March 2018. " We have no confidence in the words of British government officials. [Expression]" highly likely "convinces us of nothing."
More Sergey Naryshkin said nothing about the poisoning.
The entire interview lasted 4 minutes. In more detail, Naryshkin spoke about the threats to the unipolar world for Russia and the suppression of Russia's role in World War II. The British journalist tried to return to the Salisbury topic, but the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service hurried up and finished the interview, leaving BBS's question: “If you return to Salisbury ....” unanswered.
June 7, Sergei and Julia Skripal left the UK. According to the Sunday Times, the Skripals received new names and documents and left for New Zealand.
On June 14, BBC One released the series "Salisbury Poisonings". And although one of the authors of the script Allen Patterson emphasized that they did not want to shoot a spy thriller, the threat to the lives faced by the city authorities and its residents was more important for them, the political aspect was present.
Express newspaper recalls that European countries and the United States expressed support for the UK. US President Trump said that Russia was behind the assassination attempt. From different countries, 153 Russian diplomats were deported to their homeland.