Russia calls Great Britain's threats over poisoning of former spy 'absurdity'

Moscow has reacted very negatively to statements by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson regarding the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal.

"This is absurdity," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Interfax.

Konstantin Kosachev, Federation Council Committee Chair on International Affairs, said earlier on Tuesday that the articulation by the UK Foreign Minister of the unverified version of events, including potential involvement by the Russian Federation in the poisoning of Skripal, looks like unscrupulous politics and puts undue pressure on the investigation.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that London intends to take tough measures if it Russia's involvement is established in the poisoning of the former Russian spy.

Sergei Skripal is in critical condition after possible poisoning by an unknown substance in the UK, where he has lived in recent years.

The Kremlin stated that they had no information about what Skripal was doing and what the tragic situation may be related to.

Tom Tugendhat, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons, said that the Skripal’s mysterious illness contains all the signs of Russian involvement.

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