Russia: Britain politicizing spy case

Russia's foreign minister on Friday accused Britain of politicizing the investigation into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, warning it would strain relations between the two countries.

Russia: Britain politicizing spy case
Russia's foreign minister on Friday accused Britain of politicizing the investigation into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, warning it would strain relations between the two countries.

Sergey Lavrov told reporters that "instead of a professional inquiry, we're seeing an attempt to turn the criminal case into some sort of a political campaign."

"It's having an impact" on the bilateral ties, Lavrov said.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service accused a former KGB agent-turned-businessman Andrei Lugovoi of killing Litvinenko, and formally requested his extradition. Russia has refused to hand him over, saying it could prosecute him at home if Britain presented enough evidence.

Lavrov's remarks follow Lugovoi's statement Thursday claiming he had evidence that British intelligence services had a hand in the slaying — claims likely to further damage relations between Moscow and London.

Litvinenko, a renegade member of the Russian secret services hated by many former colleagues, died in a London hospital last November after ingesting radioactive polonium-210. He accused Putin on his deathbed of being behind his killing — charges the Kremlin has angrily denied.

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