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    Moscow Regrets UK Report on Litvinenko's Death Politicized, Non-Transparent

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    The UK inquiry report into the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko is politically motivated, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia regrets that the case overshadows relations between Moscow and London, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

    "There was no reason to expect that the final report of а politically engaged and highly non-transparent process, with a predetermined result, could be objective and impartial," Zakharova said in a written comment on the report issued earlier in the day.

    On Thursday, the British Court blamed Russia for Litvinenko’s death but could not conclude that the polonium-210 had come from Russia.

    She added that Russia's position on this issue remained unchanged and well-known.

    "We regret that a purely criminal case was politicized and marred the general atmosphere of our bilateral relations," she pointed out.

    Alexander Litvinenko fled from Russia to Britain in 2000. He died in 2006, three weeks after drinking tea with his former colleagues Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoy in central London.

    Following his death, UK authorities claimed that Litvinenko's former colleagues had poisoned him with the radioactive isotope polonium-210. A public inquiry into Litvinenko's death was formally established by the UK government in July 2014.

    "We need time to study in detail the content of this document [UK report on Litvinenko's case], and then we will give a detailed assessment," Zakharova added.

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    • Porkbelly Porkerpig
      Surely, we'll soon find out what political motives the UK had, for the timing of this report. Oops, careful though, the "probably" might be interpreted as "polite" language, rather than uncertainty.
    • ptcjm
      They are so desperate and imagine such a PR as the case could continuously be followed up in media .........just like some pr. serie to watch.
      As the Russians are by nature effective in their working methods, why on earth should they use poison to get rid of someone, as that takes quite some time. No, rather this polonium business can be traced to "the war criminals" of USA/CIA together with British authorities as they for decades have tried to conquer Russia. For the British to loose the Suez fight in Egypt where Soviet supported the Egyptians, was quite a disgrace for UK and something they always remember, trying to seek revenge.
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