Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko Says Britain Is Using Salisbury Poisoning ‘To Divert Attention From Brexit’

Russian Ambassador SHOCK claim: UK using poison attack to ‘DIVERT’ focus from Brexit

Moscow also mocked Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson for telling Russia to ‘shut up and go away’.

Russia’s ambassador to London has suggested Britain is using the Salisbury poisoning case to divert attention from Brexit in the latest of a series of barbs at Theresa May’s Government.

Alexander Yakovenko said the UK had put its weight behind an “anti-Russian campaign” by accusing Moscow of being responsible for the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Speaking to the Russian state-funded RT network, Yakovenko said: “There is one more reason for diverting the attention of the British public, which is Brexit, because the situation in negotiations is not so easy…

Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Monday preliminary evidence suggested Russian involvement in the poison attack in Salisbury was “highly likely.”

But Russian president Vladimir Putin and Mr Yakovenko trashed the claim, with the Russian ambassador suggesting the investigation is an attempt to distract the British public from Brexit.

He said: “One more reason for diverting the attention of the British public is Brexit. The situation with the negotiation is not so easy in this country.

“Britain has to find a solution with the European Union and for the time being, I don’t see any results coming from the negotiations.”

As punishment, Britain has issued a series of harsh retaliatory measures on Russia including the expulsion of 23 high-level ‘diplomats’, who the Prime Minister said in reality were “undeclared intelligence officers”.

The move marks the biggest such dismissal in more than 30 years.

Mr Yakovenko told RT UK: “In order to divert the attention from Brexit they have to present something to the public that could move them a bit to their side. That’s a great reason for launching this anti-Russia campaign, this anti-Russia attack.

“This is the scenario that was written in London. But from my point of view, this is a very shortsighted scenario because, in the long run, Britain will have to explain what is behind all these things in Salisbury.”

But despite Mr Yakovenko’s attempts to justify the Russian Federation, the international community – including the EU – rallied behind PM May.

Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of Nato, criticised Russia’s “pattern of reckless behaviour” and supported Britain’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats following Moscow’s failure to provide an explanation exonerating the Kremlin from the attack on Mr Skripal.

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