Lavrov: in the British report on the case of Litvinenko, there is no evidence

Lavrov: in the British report on the case of Litvinenko, there is no evidence

MOSCOW, January 26. The play around “Affairs of Litvinenko” will further complicate Russian-British relations. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov at a press conference at the end of 2015.

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Referring to the conclusions of the report on the results of the so-called public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death in London in 2006 of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian foreign Minister drew attention that “to the Russian leadership put forward serious allegations and not presented exactly no evidence”.

According to him, if this “took a competent lawyer and have analyzed those facts and those statements that make the heads of the British government, then, in General, can be prosecuted for libel”. Material for this has accumulated enough, he said.

“We would like to in the UK conducted an objective investigation of the multiplying deaths of Russian citizens, which is not something that in 10 years remember, and forget in a few months, and nothing we don’t tell,” said the Minister.

Lavrov agreed with the statement from the foreign office that “the Litvinenko case” would further complicate our bilateral relations. “I agree with this entirely, he said. – Not “Litvinenko case” and play around “Affairs of Litvinenko” our relationship is very seriously difficult, and it will be – our relationship is complicated – without any “maybe”, “probably”, “maybe”. They just get worse”.

A report on the outcome of the investigation

On 21 January in London was presented with a report on the results of the public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

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The lawsuit alleges that Russia was involved in the death of the former FSB officer, and the Russians Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun were named executors of the murder. While the report 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 to “the main suspects, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun could be arrested if you go abroad”.

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A big press-conference of Sergey Lavrov following the results of 2015. Text translation