MOSCOW, January 22. State Duma Deputy Andrei Lugovoi, whom the British accused of murdering ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, with irony reacted to the plans of the Ministry of internal Affairs of great Britain to freeze his Bank accounts in this country, explaining that he has there “never was”.
“One goal – to discredit Russia”: Moscow’s reaction to the verdict of London on business of Litvinenko
“Any new sanctions against me can not accept it, they have all been adopted”, – he said on air “Russian news service”.
“But their claim that they had frozen our account with (Dmitry) Kovtun abroad, of course, make me smile, first, because I was never there,” said meadow.
Currently Andrei Lugovoi is the Deputy of the state Duma from LDPR and, according to the Russian legislation, as the member of Parliament in principle could not have any financial instruments abroad.
Earlier in London there was a report on the results of the so-called public investigation into Litvinenko, which stated Russia’s involvement in the death of the former FSB officer, and the Russians Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun were named executors of the murder.
While the document notes that the court could not confirm the Russian origin of polonium, which, according to British expertise, was poisoned Litvinenko.
After the report, interior Minister Theresa may said that the authorities will freeze the possible account Lugovoi and Kovtun. According to her, the arrest warrant said persons shall remain in force, so that “the main suspects, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun could be arrested if you go abroad”. “In light of the findings of the investigation, the government will go even further: employees of the Ministry of Finance agreed on the freezing of the accounts of the said persons,” – said the Minister.
The Russian Ambassador was summoned to the foreign Ministry of the Kingdom, and Prime Minister David Cameron did not rule out the possibility of new sanctions against Russia.
The Russian foreign Ministry: actions of London on the Litvinenko investigation are politically motivated
However, the British leader acknowledged that London needs in Moscow for talks on the Syrian settlement, and his office did not deny the possibility of cooperation of special services of the two countries in preparation for the FIFA world Cup in Russia in 2018.
In turn, Moscow is convinced that the actions of London on the Litvinenko investigation are politically motivated. As stated by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, Russia “there was no reason to expect” that the final report will be objective and impartial.
Granted asylum in the UK Alexander Litvinenko died in London on 23 November 2006. According to the examination, this occurred due to poisoning by radioactive polonium, but the circumstances of his death still not established and controversial. The lawyers of the widow of the deceased admitted that at the time of his death, he for several years for the money worked for UK intelligence agencies (foreign intelligence MI-6) and Spain. Shortly before his death he became a British citizen.