Moscow: UK denied offer to help in March nerve agent attack

Moscow: UK denied offer to help in March nerve agent attack
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A spokesperson for the Kremlin on Thursday claimed that it offered to help Great Britain investigate a chemical attack on an ex-Russian spy earlier this year, but was turned down.

Reuters reported that Dmitry Peskov responded to comments from a British security official who said Russia had not provided full assistance in investigating an attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this year. 

“The minister knows very well that Russia proposed a joint investigation long ago and that this proposal was on the agenda. It was made long ago and unfortunately the British side is not showing any interest in such proposals," Peskov told reporters.


The Kremlin was responding to comments made by British Security Minister Ben Wallace, who said earlier Thursday that he’s still waiting to hear from the Russian government about the March attack on Skripal.

His renewed calls for information comes after British citizens Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, were found unconscious on Saturday roughly 8 miles from where Skripal and his daughter were attacked. Sturgess and Rowley remain in critical condition.

While the United Kingdom and the United States blamed Russia for the attack on the Skripals, authorities have not assigned blame for the latest incident, and it's unclear if the cases are related.

Russia denied involvement in the first attack.

Peskov said Russia was worried by the most recent attacks and was unaware of any requests to investigate the latest incident, Reuters reported.