Krem­lin to mull any re­quest for in­ter­view

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

The Krem­lin has said it will con­sider any re­quest by Bri­tain to ques­tion the two sus­pects in the Sal­is­bury nerve agent at­tack.

The UK has ac­cused the two Rus­sian men, who ap­peared on Rus­sian tele­vi­sion net­work RT on Thurs­day, of the at­tempted mur­der of former spy Sergei Skri­pal and his daugh­ter Yu­lia in March. Krem­lin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said any re­quest from Lon­don to in­ter­view them would be con­sid­ered in “strict ac­cor­dance with the law”, but claimed so far the Bri­tish had re­jected any of­fer to co-op­er­ate in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Only this week, we heard an of­fi­cial state­ment from Lon­don, which said that they did not plan to em­ploy the le­gal as­sis­tance mech­a­nism and send any re­quests to Rus­sia,” Mr Peskov said.

“It is Lon­don’s of­fi­cial stance and we re­gret to say that it is im­pos­si­ble to make any as­sump­tions, un­for­tu­nately.

“In case we re­ceive an of­fi­cial re­quest from Lon­don, it will def­i­nitely be con­sid­ered in strict ac­cor­dance with the law. There is no doubt about that.”

The two men, who gave their names as Alexan­der Petrov and Rus­lan Boshi­rov, said they had vis­ited Sal­is­bury as tourists and had noth­ing to do with the at­tack on the Skri­pals.

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