Tuesday, 5 July 2022 – 04:05

Putin: Moscow ‘ready to cooperate’ with British Government

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described claims that Moscow was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter as ‘nonsense’ in his first public comments about the event. Putin was speaking following his re-election for a fourth term as President.

Putin said Moscow was ready to cooperate with British Government on the investigation. 

The Russian president described the poisoning as a ‘tragedy’ but said that Skripal and his daughter would have died instantly if they had truly been poisoned by a “military-grade nerve agent” The President said in a statement “It’s complete drivel, rubbish, nonsense that somebody in Russia would allow themselves to do such a thing ahead of the elections and the World Cup.”

On Sunday, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was ‘overwhelmingly likely’ that Putin had ordered the attack. Johnson also announced that representatives from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will come to the UK from the Hague on Monday as part of the investigation.

 

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