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Russia rejects Britain's ultimatum, wants access to nerve agent

AFP  |  Moscow 

today rejected Britain's demand that provide an explanation over the of an ex-double agent and said should provide with access to the

"Before giving ultimatums it's better to honour your own obligations on international law," told reporters, referring to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Russia's top said that should have sent an official request about the substance used on its soil.

said had not received such a request and also demanded to be given access to the Russian-made used to poison former double agent and his daughter

"Through an official note we had demanded access to this substance," said, adding that also asked to be informed about the investigation. "Our requests have been denied."

"If the procedures stipulated by the convention will be implemented I assure you that Russia will fulfil its obligations," Lavrov said.

He insisted that Moscow was not to blame for the of the former agent said it was ready to cooperate with

"Russia is not guilty. Russia is ready to cooperate according to the Chemical Weapons Convention, if takes the trouble and condescends to carry out its international obligations according to the same document," Lavrov told a press conference.

Separately, a for the Russian foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova, said the ministry had summoned the British ambassador, Laurie Bristow, amid the escalating row.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:20 IST