Theresa May makes statement over Alexander Litvinenko report

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Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has made a statement in the House of Commons following the publication of a report into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

May said:

“There is a strong probability that they were acting under the direction of the Russian domestic security service – the Federal Security Service or FSB. And the Inquiry has found that the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr Patrushev, the then head of the FSB, and by President Putin”.

She added:

“In particular, the conclusion that the Russian state was probably involved in the murder of Mr Litvinenko is deeply disturbing. It goes without saying that this was a blatant and unacceptable breach of the most fundamental tenets of international law and of civilised behaviour. But we have to accept this does not come as a surprise. The Inquiry confirms the assessment of successive governments that this was a state sponsored act”.

A spokesman for Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, rejected the allegations saying that they were “not transparent, not objective or unbiased”.