The German government still agrees with the UK that Moscow is probably responsible for the Skripal poisoning even after the head of Britain's military research center stated that he could not confirm that the nerve agent had been made in Russia.
"Nothing has changed. We share Britain's view that there is a high likelihood that Russia is behind it," government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer said.
Earlier in the day, the deputy chair of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Armin Laschet, the minister president of the most populous state of Germany, criticized the UK for calls to expel Russian diplomats without solid evidence.
“If you force almost all NATO-countries to demonstrate solidarity, shouldn’t you have sound evidence? You can treat Russia as you like, but I have learned a different way of dealing with states, studying international law,” he posted on Twitter.
The UK fortified its claims with a PowerPoint presentation consisting of six pages, with the first one being a headline, but did not present any proof of Russia's guilt. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that the Skripals were exposed to what British experts believe to be the A-234 nerve agent. They claimed that the substance was developed in the Soviet Union and thus have accused Russia of orchestrating the attack.
In response, the Russian Embassy stated that the laboratory's statement proves that London’s earlier claims regarding Russia’s alleged involvement in the poisoning were a “bluff.” Moreover, the embassy also noted that there was no denying that the Porton Down lab could in fact possess the poisonous agent known as Novichok.
Moscow denies any involvement in the poisoning attack and accuses London of fueling anti-Russian hysteria in the West.