The Kremlin denies any involvement in Alexander Litvinenko’s killing in London, but as Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed a VIP visitor from Rome, the case just would not go away. Italy is the third country caught up in the extraordinary saga, with security expert Mario Scaramella testing positive for radioactive polonium 210.
Evoking his talks with Putin, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema said he had been assured Moscow is ready to assist the inquiry. However the Russian president did not want the affair politicized, saying it was a purely judicial matter. Scaramella, who met Litvinenko shortly before the ex-spy fell ill, remains well. Today, his office in Naples was sealed off by Italian police.