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Russia Dismisses U.K.’s Accusation Over Spy’s Poisoning

On Tuesday, Mr. Lavrov dismissed the allegations that his country was responsible for the poisoning and argued that Britain had not done enough to provide Russia with access to the nerve agent for investigation.

“It’s all nonsense, we have nothing to do with this,” he told journalists, the news agency Interfax reported.

Mr. Lavrov added that Russia had asked London for details of the substance used in the poisoning, but “had received an incoherent response” which he said amounted to a “rejection of our legitimate demands.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry also summoned the British ambassador to Moscow on Tuesday, according to Russian news media.

Britain, however, has stood firm and Home Secretary Amber Rudd has pledged to investigate 14 other deaths that have been reported by BuzzFeed News to be connected to Russia.

An array of foreign leaders and officials have sounded alarm bells over the nerve-agent attack, which Britain has said was carried out using what is known as a novichok, a class of toxins first produced by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and ’80s.

“It is extremely worrying that chemical agents are still being used to harm people,” Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said in a statement. “Those found responsible for this use must be held accountable for their actions.”

Earlier, United States Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson described the poisoning as an “egregious act,” and said it was “almost beyond comprehension that a state, an organized state, would do something like that.” European politicians, including the French interior minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian; and Valdis Dombrovskis, a European Commission vice president, have also voiced concern, with Mr. Dombrovskis saying Britain “can count on E.U. solidarity.”

Mr. Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, remained in critical condition in a hospital on Tuesday, more than a week after the poisoning. He had been working for Russian military intelligence before becoming a double agent for Britain. When he was found out, he was sent to a Russian prison. In 2010, he was freed and sent to Britain in a spy swap.

Source: NYT > World

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