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UK to summon Russia’s ambassador after ‘Litvinenko case’ report publication

January 21, 15:48 UTC+3 LONDON
Earlier on Thursday, a public inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Litvinenko presented its findings
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Russian embassy in London, Britain

Russian embassy in London, Britain

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LONDON, January 21. /TASS/. Russia’s Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko will be summoned by the UK Foreign Office amid the publication of the report on the Litvinenko case, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

"We will express our profound displeasure at Russia's failure to cooperate and provide satisfactory answers," May said.

The diplomatic sources told TASS Yakovenko has already arrived at the UK Foreign Office.

Earlier on Thursday, a public inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Litvinenko presented its findings. Litvinenko was poisoned in Britain in November 2006. The British authorities claim that two Russian citizens committed the murder - Andrey Lugovoy (currently a member of the State Duma from the Liberal Democratic Party), and businessman Dmitry Kovtun.

The judge also suggested the "operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin." 

The public hearings on the Litvinenko affair began in a London court in January last year. Originally, the probe was to be completed in March 2015, but later it was prolonged as Kovtun declared the intention to testify. A while later he changed his mind and refused to appear as a witness.

After open hearings there followed more inquiries behind closed doors. Counsel Robin Tam said the open hearings lasted 34 days and 62 witnesses were questioned.

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