|SCO countries trust reliable partners, not unsubstantiated allegations|
Three weeks have passed since the incident in Salisbury, and London have not provided the first results of the investigation yet. The UK is just stalling and unfoundedly blaming Russia for the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
British Prime Minister Theresa May launched an active anti-Russian campaign among her European counterparts. She strongly affirmed that a Russian-made nerve agent was used in Salisbury and " there is no other plausible explanation of what happened and it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act." In this regard, May immediately went to Brussels to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. British Prime Minister urged them and other European countries to follow the example set by the UK and to expel Russian diplomats.
However, not all states are ready to unthinkingly join the "punitive action" launched by May. Many Russian partners consider the situation to be weird and do not hurry to make firm conclusions. So, the Russian allies in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization call for a thorough investigation untill the concrete evidence will be provided.
During a meeting of the UN Security Council on the Skripal case on March 14 in New York, Kazakh Ambassador to theUnited Nations Kairat Umarov said: "Given that this issue is politically colored, we want to see concrete facts and we want this case to be thoroughly investigated. Any conclusions must be supported by strong evidence. "
China also hopes for an unbiased independent investigation of the case and trusts that it will operate solid facts, the Chinese Ambassador to the UN, Ma Zhaoxu said on Wednesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council. Beijing believes the investigation would comply with the norms of international law. Ambassador Ma also expressed the hope the parties concerned would have an ability to settle the situation.
More over, on March 21, the Foreign Ministry, the Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade held a joint briefing at the level of directors of the three ministries’ specialised departments for the foreign ambassadors accredited to Russia. They explained the Russian Federation’s position in connection with the absolutely unjustified inciting of tension around the March 4, 2018 incident in Salisbury, the United Kingdom, on the international scene and in media outlets. It was attended by more than 140 representatives of foreign ambassadors, including those participating in the SCO.
On March 23, Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Yermakov held a similar briefing for the ambassadors of the CSTO member states to clarify Russia's position on the Skripal case. Russia’s position met with understanding among the CSTO partners in general. The meeting participants concluded by noting the need to maintain close contacts regarding the Skripal case.
Thus, the UK's sharply anti-Russian position on the Salisbury incident, the London's clear setting of the international community against Moscow, including at the level of the UN Security Council, demonstrates the interest of Western countries in maintaining pressure on Russia. Despite this, Russian partners in regional organizations such as the SCO, the CSTO, BRICS, and the EEC prefer to base their findings on direct evidence, rather than on verbal accusations. Herein lies the wisdom of Eastern men - to proceed cautiously, not to make hasty decisions and to trust reliable partners.