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Ex-spy poisoning 'not an issue' for Russia: Kremlin

AFP  |  Moscow 

The in Britain of a former Russian double agent is in "no way" an issue for Moscow, Dmitry said today, while confirming the hospitalised man is a Russian citizen.

"This is not our issue," Vladimir Putin's Dmitry told journalists when asked to comment on reports in British media blaming for the of 66-year-old with a nerve agent.

"The Russian citizen you mention... worked for one of Britain's special services, the incident took place on British territory, and it is in no way an issue for Russia, let alone for the Russian leadership," he said.

Skripal, who collapsed from exposure to the substance in the city of on March 4 together with his daughter, was convicted by a Russian tribunal for selling secrets to MI6 prior to being exchanged in a swap in 2010 and has lived in Britain since.

Senior British politicians have pointed the finger at for trying to kill him and was set to a meeting of the on the matter, which suggested would be followed with an official announcement.

said he has "not heard statements by British politicians or official representatives about being implicated in this case," blaming allegations of Moscow's involvement on British media.

has dismissed such reports as anti-Russian propaganda.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:40 IST