Russia Says Spy Poisoning Could Be ''In Interests'' Of Britain

  • Russia Says Spy Poisoning Could Be ''In Interests'' Of Britain

Russia Says Spy Poisoning Could Be ''In Interests'' Of Britain

Lieutenant General Evgeny Buzhinskiy, former member of Russian general staff and now the founder of a Russian think tank the PIR Center, said the growing tension following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury was "worse than the Cold War".

More than 150 Russian diplomats have been ordered out of the U.S., European Union members, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries and other nations as punishment for the March attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury which Britain has blamed on Moscow.

Lavrov also suggested that last month's poisoning could be in the interests of the British government.

The Montenegrin government said last week it had chose to expel a Russian diplomat and revoke the approval of the activities of the Russian Honorary Consul in the republic over the Skripal case.

The Russian Embassy in London has also issued a series of "questions without answer" about the poisoning, such as whether the United Kingdom has ever produced the Novichok nerve agent before, as it is believed this was used in the incident.

Lavrov also denied the attack was "sophisticated", saying that if it had been, the victims would have died immediately. We expelled diplomats. You further expel, what is the next step?

He added that it was "outrageous" Britain had failed to provide consular access to Yulia Skripal, since it emerged that her condition was improving.

The UK has said that Russian state involvement is the only plausible explanation for the attack, and has led a worldwide reaction involving the expulsion of more than 100 diplomats.

He said he hoped Sergei Skripal would "also follow this example" and get better.

Ushakov expressed the hope that Russian Federation and the United States could return to "constructive and serious dialogue".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the two leaders had discussed a bilateral meeting "at a number of potential venues, including the White House". "Actually but you are cornering Russian Federation, and to corner bring Russian Federation is a very bad thing".

Washington has, however, said Russian Federation was free to apply to accredit more diplomats to replace those expelled.