Russia has called the incident a “tragic” incident for what former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is hospitalized in England for alleged poisoning but said he knew nothing about the case.
“We see that something tragic has happened, but we have no information about what the cause might be, what that person was involved with or what that might be related to,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“Unfortunately, I can not say anything about this, because we do not have any information, you know very well how (Skripal) came to the West, as a result of actions and decisions, which I will not repeat,” said the spokesman, referring that the Russian agent also acted for the United Kingdom, so he was convicted of treason.
He added that Moscow is willing to cooperate in an investigation, although no one has requested it at the time.
“We are always open to cooperate,” Peskov told the question of whether Russia plans to participate in the investigation.
Andrey Lugovoy, another ex-spy and current Russian deputy accused by London of the poisoning of his colleague Alexander Litvinenko, in 2006, classified the information about the poisoning of Skripal as “propaganda bulletin”.
Litvinenko’s former colleague, who died after tea at a London hotel with Lugovoy and another former Russian agent, Dmitry Kovtun, said Skripal “posed no threat to Russia.”
The 66-year-old Skripal and a 30-year-old woman were found unconscious last Sunday in a shopping mall in Salisbury, southwestern England, after allegedly coming into contact with an unknown substance, according to local police…
The former double-spy is now in “critical condition”, according to the latest information from the British police.
Formerly a Russian military intelligence officer, Skripal was sentenced in Russia to 13 years in prison in 2006 for passing state secrets to the United Kingdom.
In 2010, Skripal was one of four convicted pardoned and transferred to the United Kingdom, in what was considered the biggest exchange of spies since the Cold War.