Russia: UK either behind spy poisoning or unable to stop ‘terrorist attack’

MOSCOW — Russia says Britain either failed to protect a Russian national from what it termed a “terrorist attack” or was itself behind the poisoning of the former double agent and his daughter.

“The British authorities are either unable to ensure protection from such a… terrorist attack on its territory, or they directly or indirectly — I am not accusing anyone of anything here — directed the attack on a Russian national,” Vladimir Yermakov, head of the Russian foreign ministry’s non-proliferation and arms control department, tells foreign diplomatic staff.

He also accuses the UK of “Russophobia.”

“Pull yourselves away a little bit from your Russophobia, your island mentality,” says Yermakov.


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