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    The United Nations has held a meeting at its headquarters in New York, a day after the UK police made public new information on the Skripal investigation.

    Responding to UK accusations, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said that the new data provided by London was based on the same repeated lies.

    "To be frank we very much hoped that today we'd hear something convincing that sheds light on this mysterious incident, unfortunately, our expectations were not met once again," Nebenzia said. "In today's statement, we heard the same repeated lies."

    READ MORE: Kremlin Regrets London's Noncooperation With Russia on Skripal Case

    The senior official noted that the UK government didn't want to cooperate with Russian authorities on the investigation, though Russia had been calling on London to cooperate.

    "London needs this story for just one purpose: to unleash a disgusting anti-Russia hysteria and to involve other countries in this hysteria," Nebenzia said.

    London's Accusations Within UNSC

    According to UK Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce, London has "clear evidence" of Russia's involvement in the Salisbury incident.

    Speaking further, the official said that the United Kingdom had obtained a European arrest warrant for two Russian individuals allegedly responsible for poisoning former Russian intelligence officer Sergey Skripal in Salisbury.

    "This evidence is being sufficient for our independent prosecuting authorities to bring criminal charges in relation to Salisbury attack and to issue European arrest warrants," Pierce said. "With respect to these two individuals, we have obtained a European arrest warrant and we will shortly issue an Interpol Red Notice."

    Pierce also noted that the United Kingdom would consider expanding sanctions against Russia in light of the new findings.

    "We will be discussing with our allies what the best steps are. As you know 28 countries and NATO joined us in expelling Russian diplomats when Salisbury first happened," Pierce said.

    The UK police published new data on the Skripal investigation yesterday, presenting photos and the names of two Russian nationals who allegedly attempted to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in her turn, said the two individuals were officers working for a Russian military intelligence service.


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