Russia says it knows nothing about ex-spy case reportedly poisoned

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.

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“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.”

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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.

Trump promises to resist attempts at Russian interference in 2018 lawsuits

US President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday that he would “very strongly” resist any possible attempt by Russia to intervene in the country’s legislative elections this year.

Mr. Trump has suggested that it is “always good to have a supporting role voting system” and has pledged to resist any “very strongly” future influence when asked at a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

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“We are doing a very thorough study and we make strong suggestions for the 2018 elections,” added the president, who, however, denied that the Kremlin was able to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, in which he was the winner.

“The Russians had no impact on our votes at all. No doubt there was an intrusion, but I believe we should be very attentive, we do not want our voting system to be compromised in any way and we will not allow that to happen,” he said…

Investigations into the alleged interference by Moscow in the 2016 presidential election, led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, are closing the circle on the nucleus closest to the president, whose testimony on the matter has not yet been ruled out.

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US intelligence has agreed that Russia has maneuvered to influence the presidential election to the detriment of then-Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton, but investigations have so far failed to clarify whether there was coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

In addition, US officials also warned that Russians continue to campaign to influence election results in different parts of the world.

Putin says Russia will only use nuclear weapons in response to attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would only use nuclear weapons in response to a confirmed missile attack on Russian territory in a documentary broadcast on state television Rossiya on Wednesday.

The decision to use nuclear weapons can only be made if our (radar) systems detect not only the takeoff of missiles but accurately predict the trajectory of their flights and the time of their impact on Russian territory, “said the president.

With just less than two weeks to go before re-election for another six-year term, and shortly after introducing the new arsenal of state-of-the-art Russian nuclear weapons to the world, Putin made it clear that he will not tremble if someone tries to annihilate Russia.

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“If anyone makes the decision to destroy Russia, we will have a legitimate right to respond,” he said in an extensive interview included in the documentary “World Order 2018”.

He admitted that a nuclear war would be a global catastrophe for the entire planet, but wondered if “as a citizen of Russia and head of the Russian state” would be worth “a world where Russia was not.”

On the other hand, he recalled that the nuclear bomb was developed by the United States, not by Russia and that it was the Americans who were the first, and so far the only ones, to use that weapon against people.

“Where are the guarantees that it will not happen again?” The Russian leader was quoted as saying.

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Last week Putin surprised everyone by presenting a series of new nuclear weapons during his State of the Union address.

The Russian leader, who is due to be re-elected President of the United States on Thursday, has revealed weapons that have long been a secret, including a heavy intercontinental missile and a hypersonic cruise missile, submarine drones armed with nuclear rockets and laser weapons.