The Wall Street Journal: Russia demands access to U.K. findings in spy poisoning probe

March 13
19:04 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow would only cooperate with the U.K.’s investigation into the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy if London supplied the substance in question and opened up the probe to Russian officials.

As ties between the two countries hit their lowest point since the Cold War, Russia is facing an end-of-Tuesday deadline set by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to offer an explanation for the nerve-agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia or face possible retaliation.

May told parliament on Monday that the two were poisoned last week with a military-grade nerve agent of the Novichok class, a deadly chemical weapon developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and ’80s. She said it was “highly likely” Russia was behind the incident.

“Of course, we heard the ultimatum that was made in London,” Lavrov said, according to comments reported by the Interfax news agency. “We have already made a statement that it is all nonsense. We have nothing to do with it.”

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