Skripal poisoning was in UK's interests: Lavrov

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Russian Federation says it is not responsible for the ongoing diplomatic spat with the West over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on British soil.

The Russian Embassy in London has also issued a series of "questions without answer" about the poisoning, such as whether the United Kingdom has ever produced the Novichok nerve agent before, as it is believed this was used in the incident.

Sergei Lavrov denied the Kremlin had a motive to try to murder Sergei Skripal, saying the former MI6 informant was pardoned after serving time in jail in Russian Federation for high treason.

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Counterterrorism police are continuing to investigate how Ms Skripal, 33, and her father, 66, a former double agent, came to be poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury last month.

The minister said there were other possible explanations, adding: 'Experts say this may be rather advantageous for Britain's special services, which are known for their ability to act with a licence to kill.

But he suggested the attack "can be also beneficial to the British Government which found itself in an inconvenient situation after failing to fulfil its promises to voters on Brexit's conditions".

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He also denied the attack was "sophisticated", saying that if it had been, the victims would have died immediately.

Lavrov insisted that "serious experts "and "leaders of a whole number of countries" are questioning Britain's account of the crime". "Britain, I think, will not manage to evade answering these questions ... Because they are already only too obvious and it's only too obvious that our British colleagues have lost their sense of reality". It also asked what antidotes were administered to the Skripals and how they may have been available to medical staff treating them.

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