Russias Ambassador requested Britain for meeting with UK Foreign Secretary

Vastavam web: Russias Ambassador to Britain has requested a meeting with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss the fallout from last months poisoning of an ex-spy in the English city of Salisbury, the Russian Embassy said today.”We believe that it is high time to arrange a meeting between Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in order to discuss the whole range of bilateral issues, as well as the investigation of the Salisbury incident,” a spokesperson told AFP.

“We hope that the British side will engage constructively and that such (a) meeting is arranged shortly,” the spokesperson added.Britain’s Foreign Office said it had received the request and would be “responding in due course”.Relations between London and Moscow have plumbed new lows in recent weeks following the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4.Britain and its Western allies have blamed the attack on Moscow, accusing it of targeting the pair with a Soviet-made military-grade nerve agent, known as novichok.

Russia has vehemently denied any involvement in the case.The crisis has led to the biggest wave of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats in recent memory.A meeting between Johnson and Yakovenko would bring together two of the most vocal players in the crisis.The ambassador held a 90-minute press conference this week in which he denied Russia had ever produced novichok and suggested Britain may be behind the Skripal poisoning.

And last month he wrote to a UK policeman hospitalised after exposure to the nerve agent used in Salisbury, insisting on Moscows innocence and thanking him for his bravery.