Russia says will buffer blow to UK ties of Skripal case

Saying it will use diplomacy, political moves to soften blow, Russia complains of UK's 'hostile policy' over poisoning case

Russia says will buffer blow to UK ties of Skripal case

World Bulletin / News Desk

Moscow hopes to minimize the negative impact on Russian-British ties provoked by the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy, Russia said on Friday.

Complaining of the U.K.’s “hostile policy,” presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters Moscow wanted to soften the blow of the crisis through political and diplomatic means.

"We see how the country of Byron and Shakespeare, the country of Conan Doyle, a country which once was a shining empire with the deepest political traditions of democracy, turned into a country whose politicians, mildly speaking, make irresponsible statements. This is a problem. This is a reflection of a very hostile policy," he said.

"We see many elements of the Cold War. The higher Russia rises, the tougher they [Western countries] get in international affairs. They are ready to forget all the rules when they want to suppress Russia," Peskov said.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were admitted to a hospital on March 4 after being found unconscious in the southern English city of Salisbury.

Skripal was granted refuge in the UK following a 2010 spy exchange between the U.S. and Russia. Before the exchange, he was serving 13 years in prison for leaking information to British intelligence.

On March 16, the Investigative Committee of Russia launched its own probe into the Skripal case.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mart 2018, 17:04