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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Russia’s foreign minister offers conditional help in poison probe

Sergei Lavrov said for such assistance to be provided it was necessary not to make ‘unfounded allegations’.

Sergei Lavrov is on a tour of Africa (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)
Sergei Lavrov is on a tour of Africa (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Russia’s foreign minister has said Moscow could help Britain investigate the poisoning in Salisbury of an ex-Russian spy, but expressed resentment of suspicions cast on his country.

Sergei Lavrov’s comments in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa came as British investigators scrambled to unravel the nerve-agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Mr Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer, was convicted in 2006 of spying for Britain and released in 2010.

In order to conduct such cases, it is necessary not to immediately run out on TV screens with unfounded allegations Sergei Lavrov

Mr Lavrov has been quoted as saying by state news agency Tass that “whether it’s poisoning of some British subjects, whether it’s rumours about interference in the US election campaign, if assistance really is needed, then we are ready to consider its possibility”.

Mr Lavrov added: “But in order to conduct such cases, it is necessary not to immediately run out on TV screens with unfounded allegations.”

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