Russia has accused the United Kingdom of “manipulating information” concerning a nerve agent attack in March on a former spy in the city of Salisbury after the British authorities charged two Russians.
“The names published by the media, like their photographs, mean nothing to us,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.
British police named Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov as the main suspects in the attempted murder of Russia’s former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with Novichok.
According to the UK authorities, the names were likely to be aliases.
“We once again call on the British side to switch from public accusations and manipulating information to practical cooperation through law enforcement agencies,” Zakharova said in televised remarks.
Alexander Shulgin, Russia’s permanent representative at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), also denounced the…