Russia: UK should examine Skripal case, not make claims

Russia has called “groundless” a UK’s allegations that a Kremlin might be obliged for a puzzling illness inspiring a former Russian spy.

Maria Zakharova, a orator for Russia’s unfamiliar ministry, pronounced on Tuesday a case of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian view who collapsed on UK dirt final Sunday, should be investigated before such allegations are made.

Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s unfamiliar troops comprehension agency, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia Skripal, were found unconscious on Sunday during a selling centre in Salisbury in southern England before being taken to hospital.

British military pronounced both people sojourn in “critical condition”, yet they bear no manifest injuries.

Investigators are now examining CCTV footage display a pair’s final movements before they fell ill.

Boris Johnson, a UK apportion of unfamiliar affairs, pronounced Skripal’s condition “echoes” a genocide of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.

Litvinenko was a former Russian view who died in London after he was poisoned.

‘Russian reaction’

Speaking in a UK House of Commons on Tuesday, Johnson warned that Britain would respond “appropriately and robustly” – such as by commanding new sanctions on Russia – if Russia is found obliged for Skripal, 66, descending critically ill.

Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s spokesperson, has called a occurrence “tragic”.

“But we don’t have information on what could have led to this, what he was intent in,” he pronounced on Tuesday.

Zakharova called a UK accusations ‘groundless’ [Pavel Golovkin/AP]

Russia will support UK authorities with their review into a incident, Peskov said.

Mark Rowley, partner commissioner of a UK’s Metropolitan Police, told a BBC a review will engage Britain’s “counterterrorism network” if deemed necessary.

It’s a really surprising box and a vicious thing is to get to a bottom of what’s caused these illnesses as fast as possible,” he said.

We’re doing all a things we would design us to do: we’re vocalization to witnesses, we’re holding debate samples during a scene, we’re doing toxicology work and that will assistance us to get to an answer. we can’t contend any some-more during this stage.”

Skripal arrived in a UK in 2010 as partial of a view swap, that resulted in 4 prisoners being expelled by Moscow.

In return, 10 agents were expelled and sent to Russia from a US.

Skripal had been portion a 13-year jail tenure in Russia, following his initial detain by a Federal Security Service (FSB) in 2004.

The FSB lay Skripal granted information per Russian agents to British comprehension services.

The Litvinenko case

In Nov 2006, Litvinenko died three weeks after celebration immature tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at London’s Millennium Hotel.

Russia denied impasse in his death.

A British exploration into a 43-year-old’s genocide pronounced a Kremlin had “probably” ordered for Litvinenko, who lived banished in Britain, to be assassinated.

The UK government, however, refused Judge Robert Owen’s ask for a open conference into Litvinenko’s death, following a inquiry.

Russia’s unfamiliar method discharged a exploration as “biased” and “opaque”, according to a central RIA news agency.

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