One of the two men at the centre of a probe by British investigators into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko has said they are prepared to cooperate with the detectives. Dmitry Koftun told Russian media he would consider helping in the investigation if it took place “within the framework of Russian law”.
In the same interview Andrei Lugovoy, who, along with Koftun, met Litvinenko in London days before he died from poisoning, rejected British press reports that he is a suspect in the case.
Both men say they are witnesses and are not under suspicion. Litvinenko, a fierce critic of the Kremlin died in a London hospital in November after being contaminated by a radioactive substance. British police interviewed the two men in Moscow late last year. Russia’s Prosecutor General has said they want to return to the capital to continue their probe.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Litvinenko’s image has appeared on targets used at a private Russian security firm’s training centre. It had been the venue for a competition for Russian special forces.