The official investigation into the poisoning of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko is widening further amid rising diplomatic tension between Russia and the UK. Nine British detectives have arrived in Moscow to interview associates of the ex-KGB agent in the hope of turning up new leads. Ministers in both countries have called for restraint:
“Its not acceptable to fuel this campaign where officials are implicated because it will certainly harm relations between Russia and the UK”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters. Those were sentiments echoed by the UK Interior Minister John Reid, while on a visit to the European Council in Brussels:
“I would caution anyone against wild speculation. Let the police do their job and lets go where the evidence takes us rather than play games of international Cluedo.”
Litvinenko’s death on the November 23 is being linked to the discovery of the radioactive isotope Polonium 210 in his body. Three new locations in the centre of London are being tested for traces of radioactive contamination. It is understood Litvinenko met associates at hotels in the West End and Knightsbridge, as well as business premises in Cavendish Place.