Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Salisbury spy scandal will not affect Russian presidential election

Salisbury spy scandal will not affect Russian presidential election

Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city on 4 March. "We have not raised any tensions in our relations, it was the decision by the British side without evidence".

Writing in The Guardian, he said "a connection to Russian mafia-like groups that have been allowed to gain a toehold in Britain can not be excluded".

Mentioning Putin in the context of Sergei Skripal's poisoning "is nothing but shocking and unforgiveable behaviour from the point of view of diplomacy", Peskov said.

Mr Johnson said: "Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin, and with his decision - and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision - to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War. There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening", Johnson stated during a visit to the Battle of Britain Bunker museum in Uxbridge with his Polish counterpart, Jacek Czaputowicz as as aired by the Sky News television channel.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC however that Britain is "entirely in conformity" with OPCW procedures and is sending a sample of the nerve agent to the watchdog for examination.

Putin once again rejected accusations of election meddling in an interview with NBC released on Friday.

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Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election on Sunday, that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win.

Sergei Skripal moved to Salisbury after being jailed for passing Russian state secrets to British intelligence while working for the Russian government in the 1990s.

"And it's the Russian President who evaluates him".

The US treasury department said the use of a military-grade nerve agent in the Salisbury incident "further demonstrates the reckless and irresponsible conduct of its (Russia's) government".

"We have said on different levels and occasions that Russian Federation has nothing to do with this story", he said.

Police have also launched a murder investigation into the death of Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian businessman who was found dead in his London home on Tuesday.

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