March 22, 2018 / 1:03 PM / 3 months ago

Fictional detective Poirot needed to solve nerve agent mystery - Russian ambassador

LONDON (Reuters) - A nerve agent attack on a former double agent in Britain is a mystery that needs the attention of someone like fictional detective Hercule Poirot, Russia’s ambassador to London said on Thursday.

Russia's ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, holds a news conference in the Russian Embassy in London, Britain, March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in critical condition after they collapsed on a bench in Salisbury on March 4. Britain accuses Russia of attempted murder but Russia denies involvement and says Britain has no evidence.

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was asked at a news conference whether Russia was treating the incident as a joke after the Russian Embassy tweeted that without evidence for what happened, Poirot, the creation of crime fiction writer Agatha Christie, was needed in Salisbury.

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He defended the tweet.

“We don’t have any information,” Yakovenko told reporters. “The investigation is classified. We don’t know the motivation of the British government, and that’s why it says: this case is so complicated, we need, let’s say, some wisdom of a person like Poirot to investigate.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

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