In an interview on BBC Radio 4, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the UK should still deal with Russia and do business with Putin despite “all fingers” pointing to it over the Salisbury spy attack.
The Labour leader said he would “do business” with Vladimir Putin but on the basis of the UK’s values.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has openly said he believes Mr Putin was behind the nerve agent attack.
Mr Corbyn has faced criticism for failing to blame Russia as yet. On Monday, Mr Corbyn said he wanted “an absolutely definitive answer” about the source of the nerve agent used in the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal before he would be prepared to blame Moscow. In response to criticism, Corbyn has warned that people should “not shoot from the hip” and should wait for experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to complete their work in testing the poison before making any conclusions. Mr Corbyn has suggested that Russia should be sent samples of the nerve agent to identify as part of the investigation.