Moscow, April 9, Interfax - Head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk believes 'Skripal affair' is a provocation aimed at discrediting Russia.
"Until there are proofs, and I doubt that they will ever be presented, it reminds a good-planned action aimed at discrediting Russia, at weakening its diplomatic potential, weakening its political potential. Incident in Salisbury is chosen for promoting this campaign," he said on air The Church and the World TV program on Rossiya-24 channel.
The metropolitan stressed that it was impossible to accuse the country without proofs, and these proofs had not been represented.
On March 4, former Russian intelligence military officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found in critical condition near a trade center in British Salisbury after interacting with unknown substance. British prime minister Theresa May on March 12 announced that they were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent worked out in Russia. Moscow denied the accusations. Sergey and Yulia Skripal were said to no longer be in a critical state.