Sergey Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, described the move as ‘an attempt to use another lie to cover up or support a previous lie’
A Russian spy chief has accused Britain of using the Novichok attack to deflect from the UK’s shambolic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Na terça-feira, a third Russian – Denis Sergeev, também conhecido como Sergey Fedotov – was charged in absentia with the 2018 attack that led to the death of a woman called Dawn Sturgess, who unknowingly put the nerve agent novichok on her skin.
Dentro 2018, two other Russians – Alexander Mishkin, alias Alexander Petrov, and Anatoliy Chepiga, alias Ruslan Boshirov – were charged with conspiracy to murder double agent Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and a British police officer in Salisbury.
Britain has said the three men were Russian military intelligence operatives.
Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Dean Haydon told a press conference this week that the three men had come to the UK in two groups – Mishkin and Chepiga together, Sergeev by himself – and met in London to plot their plan to “deploy novichok to kill people in this country”.
The incident and subsequent charges led to one of the biggest rows between Russia and western nations since the Cold War, with diplomats being expelled on both sides after Britain blamed Moscow for the attack.
Russia has continued to deny involvement.
Agora, Sergey Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), is reported to have said that Britain’s moves to prosecute the three Russians could be an “attempt to distract the public from the shameful exit from Afghanistan, primarily by the United States and its allies”.
Ele disse: “In my view, it is an attempt to use another lie to cover up or support a previous lie.
“Besides, given the recent developments in Afghanistan, it’s also perhaps an attempt to distract the public from the shame, the escape of primarily US troops and their allies, including the UK, from Afghanistan.
“It’s an attempt to distract the public from the fact that Nato is no longer able to maintain security in various parts of the world.”
Mês passado, the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan during the west’s chaotic withdrawal from the country and coinciding with deadly Isis attacks on the airport in Kabul.
It comes after Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Britain was using the poisoning case to deliberately sabotage UK-Russian ties.