September 14, 2018 / 10:07 AM / 2 months ago

Kremlin says it would review any UK request to interview poisoning suspects

FILE PHOTO: Flowers are left at the cordon near the tent covering the park bench where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 19, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday it would review any British request to interview the two men London suspects of trying to murder a former spy in strict accordance with Russian law, but said it had not received any such request.

Britain has charged the two men, who appeared on Russian TV on Thursday, with attempting to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia by spraying a chemical weapon on Skripal’s door in March.

When asked on a conference call if Moscow would agree to let British police question the men in Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:

“Without doubt if such a request is made it will be looked at by the Russian side in strict accordance with Russian law.”

Peskov underlined that the Kremlin denied any Russian state involvement in the poisoning.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Katya Golubkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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