March 14, 2018 / 2:41 PM / 9 months ago

Russia's Lavrov never accepted invite, now withdrawn, to visit Britain - Foreign Ministry

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had not accepted an invite to visit Britain, a ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday, after British Prime Minister Theresa May that the invite was withdrawn.

“May ‘retracted’ an invitation to Lavrov to visit Britain. Except he hadn’t accepted it in the first place,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her official Facebook page.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday May said Britain would revoke the invitation and suspend all planned high level bilateral contacts between London and Moscow, in response to the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal on its territory.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk and Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Polina Ivanova

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