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UK: British government’s ‘aggressive anti-Russian campaign’ to blame for bad relations – Yakovenko

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Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko said the Russo-British relations are “at a really low level” because of the Tory government, speaking in a press conference in London on Friday.

“The reason for that lies in aggressive anti-Russian campaign launched by the current Tory government and supported by British media,” Yakovenko said.

He stated there are no charges against the two Russian men the UK accuses of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, adding “There is no official application from the British government to investigate that matter.”

Commenting on the expulsion of four Russian diplomats from the Netherlands, following an alleged attempted cyber-attack on the OPCW in April, the ambassador said the envoys “came to the Netherlands with a routine mission” to “check the communication lines of the embassy for security reasons.”

The ambassador also denied allegations that Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, had hacked several international organisations.

“We see this as a campaign which is directed against my country and in order to discredit my country.”

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