The Alexander Litvinenko murder has sparked fresh tension between London and Moscow today. Russia’s foreign minister claims Britain is using the case for political ends. Sergei Lavrov says it is all having a negative impact on relations. “Such an effect is being felt because we see attempts from the British side to use the criminal case to build up some sort of political campaign,” he told reporters. “We are against that.”
His comments came the day after a dramatic news conference in Moscow by ex KGB man Andrei Lugovoi, who the UK wants extradited over the murder. He has denied any involvement, claiming Britain’s secret services were behind Alexander Litvinenko’s death. Poisoned by polonium-210, the former Russian agent said in a deathbed statement he believed the Kremlin was responsible.