Two months have passed since the Skripal poisoning. Since then, London provided no evidence and identified no suspects. But it still groundlessly accuses Moscow for the Salisbury incident. Theresa May is not interested in functional relations with Russia, Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko said.
"Despite our numerous requests, we have not been granted access to the investigation. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Metropolitan Police have refrained from contacts," he stressed.
"We also get the impression that the British government is deliberately destroying the evidence, classifying all remaining materials and making independent investigation impossible," the ambassador wrote. "Sergei Skripal’s pets were incinerated without having been tested for exposure to nerve agents. Then a decontamination of the area was announced, which reportedly included destruction of potentially contaminated objects along with Sergei Skripal’s house, the Mill pub and the Zizzi restaurant," Yakovenko said.
The media frenzy surrounding the Salisbury incident adversely impacted Salisbury’s residents. Before the Skripal poisoning the city was a popular tourist destination. Now it is almost empty. The ordinary British are not satisfied with the consequences of the anti-Russian campaign launched by Theresa May.
According to RFI radio station, Salisbury is attempting to repair its reputation. "The intrigue may have bought the world's media to the historic city but safety concerns forced many local and foreign visitors to give Salisbury a wide berth. But with an economy heavily reliant on tourism, residents and business owners are desperately hoping they can soon return to some semblance of normality," RFI says.
According to the BBC, the shop and restaurant owners suffer damages and the employees are on the verge of dismissal. "I'm currently losing £12,000 to £15,000 a week," says manager Richard Wheeler, who has been providing soft furnishings such as blinds and curtains for 30 years. "Up until now this has been a very successful business but if this doesn't get sorted out soon it could be the end of it."
Some businesses reporting losses of 40%, shop are now operating on reduced hours. Poppy White who works at Ganesha Handicrafts says that the shop is struggling to meet a quarter of its daily sales targets. "That equates to a lot of money that I can't live without. It's a really difficult situation. If this continues much longer I will have to find somewhere else to work and I don't want to do that because I like this job," Ms White notes. "We have a lot of loyal customers but I've only seen two of those because it's scary." Nearly 10% of all jobs in Salisbury are tourism related.
The BBC stresses that the government took emergency measures. For example, VisitWiltshire, which promotes tourism in the city, was given a £200,000 government grant to promote its message that it is "business as usual". The local council laid on the free parking in the Maltings shopping precinct in a bid to get more people back into the city centre.
The British police provided no evidence. The British government is at a dead-lock. The Salisbury incident benefits Theresa May, but not the ordinary British. She distracted attention form the Brexit for a while. But in addition to €60 billion debt to the EU London will have to cover damages and losses after the Salisbury incident. So, the British taxpayers will not be happy to take on the extra expense due to Theresa May’s ambitions.