LONDON — The Latest on the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain (all times local):
The Kremlin has rejected suggestions that it might be behind the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter that has left them in critical condition.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that Sergei Skripal worked for British intelligence and was poisoned on British soil, and therefore the incident “has nothing to do with Russia, let alone the Russian leadership.” Peskov also said the Kremlin has not heard any official statements of Russian involvement.
Earlier Monday, senior British lawmaker Tom Tugendhat told the BBC the March 4 poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia is looking “like it was state-sponsored attempted murder.” The British prime minister is chairing a National Security Council meeting later on Monday to hear the latest evidence.
A senior British lawmaker says the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter is “looking awfully like it was state-sponsored attempted murder.”
Tom Tugendhat told the BBC it is still too early to be absolutely certain. The chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee said he would be “surprised” if Prime Minister Theresa May does not end up blaming Russian officials for the attack.
He says the announcement may come soon. May is chairing a National Security Council meeting Monday to hear the latest evidence.
Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in critical condition following the March 4 nerve agent attack.
Officials have not said what nerve agent was used or who is to blame.
The 66-year-old Skripal worked for Russian military intelligence before he was recruited to spy for Britain.