The European Union “unswervingly” supports the United Kingdom in the matter of poaching the former Russian military intelligence officer and daughter of Sergei Skripal – emphasized the first Vice-President of the European Commission on Tuesday at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“It is extremely important for the responsible people to see clearly: Europe unanimously supports unswervingly the accountability of the perpetrators,” said Frans Timmermans.
The Netherlands vice-president of the committee called on the Heads of State and Government of the EU Member States to “express their full solidarity with the British at their next week’s meeting”.
“We can not afford to include neurons in our societies. This is a collective European responsibility, we all have to respond, not just to the British government,” he said.
In his speech, Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s High Representative in Brexit, urged joint EU response measures. As he said, the “shameful” attack, despite the planned British exit, was “still on European soil”.
“I believe that the next meeting of the European Council must inevitably lead to a common response, and the EU must decide on counter-measures,” he said.
According to London, Russia is likely to be responsible for Sergei Skripal, former Russian agent for the British Foreign Intelligence (MI6), Russian military intelligence, and for poisoning her daughter, Julija Szcripal. The victims were found in Salisbury, England in March, and have been treated in a crisis situation since then. The attack used a kind of neuroscience developed by the Soviet army during the Cold War.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday denied that his country would be “guilty” of poisoning. On Monday, the Moscow Foreign Ministry said the scandal was a pretext for launching a campaign to expel Russia.