The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the names and photos of alleged Russians suspected of poisoning Sergey and Yulia Skripal released by the UK does not mean anything to Moscow as of now.
The Foreign Ministry reacted to the news, saying the UK’s accusations over alleged involvement in the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents were groundless.
“Names as well as photos [of the suspects] published in the media don’t mean anything to us,” Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the ministry, said later in the day. She said Moscow is calling on London “to abandon making public accusations and media manipulations” and opt instead for “practical cooperation between law enforcement agencies.”
The Kremlin also dismissed London’s claims by saying that the data the British authorities presented are “incomprehensible.” “We have just heard or seen two names but these names mean nothing to me personally,” the Russian president’s aide, Yury Ushakov, said.
He further added that the UK police themselves admitted that “these names were apparently aliases.” “I don’t understand why this was done and what sort of signal the British side is sending. It is difficult to understand,” Ushakov said.
Moscow’s response came after UK prosecutors named two “Russian nationals” they said were involved in poisoning the Skripals. The two men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, were charged in absentia with the attempted murder of the ex-double agent and his daughter, along with a police officer.