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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

21.01.2016

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko summoned to the Foreign Office over the Litvinenko case

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UK Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to Foreign Office in connection with publication of the final report from the public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko. At the meeting the British side was represented by Minister of State for Europe David Lidington.
We made the following declarations: 

1.          We consider the Litvinenko case and the way it was disposed  of a blatant provocation of the British authorities.

2.          We will never accept anything arrived at in secret and based on the evidence not tested in an open court of law.

3.          The length of time that it took to “close” this case in this way makes us to believe it to be a whitewash for British special services’ institutional incompetence.

4.          We also noted that the British government suspended the coroner’s inquest which was open for public and media and where the Investigative Committee of Russia took part as an interested person, in favor of the public enquiry, which in fact is secret, at the height of political tension with Russia over Ukraine in July 2014.

       We view it as an attempt to put additional pressure on Russia in connection with existing differences over a number of international issues.

5.          For us it is absolutely unacceptable that the report concludes that the Russian state was in any way involved in the death of Mr Litvinenko on British soil.

6.          This gross provocation of the British authorities cannot help hurting our bilateral relationship.




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