Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack and responded to the wave of diplomatic sanctions imposed against it by many European and North American countries with retaliatory tit-for-tat measures.
Russian authorities have also called for a joint investigation with the UK to determine the source of the chemical agent used in the incident.
Spanish journalist for Descifrando la Guerra and other platforms Ina Garcia spoke to Sputnik reporter and columnist Suliman Mulhem about the handling of the investigation of the attack by the UK government and the following international response.
“It is surreal that a public body can make such a serious accusation about a government without conducting an independent and impartial investigation. It’s impossible to know if the Russian government had any involvement in the poisoning of Skripal as the international community has claimed without any evidence,” Ms. Garcia told Sputnik.
On the matter of Spain’s response – specifically, the expulsion of two Russia diplomats – the journalist warned that it was unable to set its own independent position on the matter, due to EU pressure.
“Spain has been dragged by the European Union in the Skripal issue. In international politics, even as a sovereign country, the Spanish government doesn’t have an independent position. All the decisions it takes are either set by the EU and NATO, or at least are subject to pressure and influence from external parties,” she added.
“It’s impossible for Spain to act as an independent country because of the EU, but it has the right and duty to have demanded an investigation of what happened to Skripal before taking any action against Russian diplomats that could affect Spanish interests negatively.”
“As Spaniards, reprisals in the form of economic sanctions can directly affect us, we can't forget that in recent years Spain has attracted millions of dollars of investments from Russian businesses,” the journalist warned.
Ms. Garcia went on to suggest that other EU member states – who also expelled Russian diplomats – were similarly acting under pressure from the EU, and added that their response indicates a “lack of national sovereignty.”
“I think the response of many EU member states shows how some European governments possess a lack of national sovereignty,” she concluded.
The views and opinions expressed by Ina Garcia are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.