MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that no progress had been made toward resolving a standoff with Britain over the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.
Britain’s accusations that Russia was likely to blame for poisoning Skripal were neither robust nor serious, Lavrov said, describing them instead as a political performance intended to mislead the international community, something which he said Russia will not permit.
Britain has not sent an official request for information about the nerve agent involved in the attack, the minister said. Moscow had insisted London submit such a request.
He added that Russia had no motive to attack Skripal, and pointed instead to actors with an interest in spreading anti-Russian sentiment.
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Christian Lowe)