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Spy poisoning: Russia says UK is 'playing with fire'

Spy poisoning: Russia says UK is 'playing with fire'
From BBC - April 5, 2018

Russia has accused the UK of inventing a "fake story" and "playing with fire" over the Salisbury spy poisoning.

Moscow's UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzia told a meeting of the UN Security Council: "We have told our British colleagues that you are playing with fire and you will be sorry."

The UK claims Russia is behind the attack. Moscow denies responsibility.

Britain's UN representative Karen Pierce accused Russia of undermining global security.

She likened Russia's requests to take part in the investigation to an arsonist investigating his own fire.

Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in Salisbury on 4 March.

Ms Skripal, 33, is recovering in hospital and has released a statement saying her "strength is growing daily".

Her father, 66, remains critically ill but stable.

'Propaganda war'

Moscow called the special meeting of the Security Council in New York to discuss the attack, saying Britain had "legitimate questions" to answer.

Mr Nebenzia said the accusations were "horrific and unsubstantiated", and claimed the UK was waging a "propaganda war" against Russia.

He said Novichok - the group of nerve agent used in the poisoning - is "not copyrighted by Russia, in spite of the obviously Russian name" and has been developed in many countries.

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