World Bulletin / News Desk
Moscow on Thursday slammed the results of a British inquiry into the poisoning death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko after the findings said President Vladimir Putin "probably approved" the killing.
"We had no reason to expect that the final findings of the politically motivated and extremely non-transparent process... would suddenly become objective and unbiased," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
Alexander Litvinenko died of radioactive poisoning in November 2006 after drinking tea contaminated with the substance polonium-210.
Earlier today, a long-awaited report by British judge Sir Robert Owen into the murder found that found that it was carried out by the FSB, Russia's intelligence service, and ordered by its chief Nikolai Patrushev.
"Taking full account of all the evidence and analysis available to me I find that the FSB operation to kill Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr. Patrushev and also by President Putin," the report read.
There was also "undoubtedly a personal dimension to the antagonism" between Putin and Litvinenko, it added.