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Russian Foreign Ministry: London arbitrarily interprets facts in Litvinenko case

July 31, 2015, 15:05 UTC+3
Moscow says the British side does not intend to swerve from its course towards politicizing the entire process
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Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, July 31. /TASS/. The British side does not intend to swerve from its course towards arbitrarily interpreting the facts of the death of former Federal Security Service agent Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.

"The selective nature of the organizers of this ‘public inquiry’ and their stubborn unwillingness under any pretexts to professionally perceive the grounds of the Russian competent bodies serve as another proof that the British side does not intend to swerve from its course towards politicizing the entire process and arbitrarily interpreting the facts of the ‘Litvinenko case,’" Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department Alexander Bikantov said.

"Further hearings with the unknown composition of participants will be held behind closed doors, which is apparently designed to achieve the results necessary for the prosecutors," the statement said.

A UK police spokesman said in the High Court of Justice in London on Thursday the investigators had no doubts that Russian nationals Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun were complicit in the poisoning of Litvinenko. The police spokesman also said the High Court of Justice in London should establish whether the Russian state was complicit in Litvinenko’s death.

Meanwhile, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday the Kremlin had no faith in the UK inquiry into Litvinenko’s death.

"No, we don’t trust this. "If you remember, when Litvinenko died, similar full-size accusations were made both by UK officials and agencies that were just beginning to investigate this case," the Kremlin spokesman said.

"We have already heard this and such statements were made without any results of the investigation and after the results of some investigation. To all appearances, something has to be added to consider these words as convincing," the Kremlin spokesman said.

The Kremlin spokesman declined to make any assumptions on the consequences of the UK’s probe into Litvinenko’s death.

"I don’t know, this is not our agenda of the day, this is a UK internal investigation. This is because we don’t have and would not like to have any relation to it," the Kremlin spokesman said.

In Peskov’s opinion, this case can be regarded as a high-profile probe only for the UK.

Litvinenko who had been an officer of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB, defected to England where he received political asylum. He died in London on November 23, 2006. As an expert study found, he was poisoned with radioactive polonium but the circumstances of his death have not been established to date.

The lawyers of the poisoned agent’s widow admitted that before his death Litvinenko had worked for the special services of the United Kingdom (MI-6) and Spain for several years.

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