Russia’s ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, said Moscow would only accept the results of tests conducted by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on a suspected nerve agent used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury if the process was ‘transparent’. At a news conference, Yakovenko also pointed out ‘so many Russian citizens died in the UK under suspicious circumstances’. He insisted that Russia had shut down all chemical weapons programmes in 1992 and ‘never produced novichok’. Russia continues to deny any involvement in the attack on 4 March.

Russian ambassador uses press conference to demand ‘transparency’ over Salisbury investigation – Politics live

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