Moscow Regrets UK Report on Litvinenko's Death Politicized, Non-Transparent

© AP Photo / Alistair FullerAlexander Litvinenko, former KGB spy and author of the book "Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within" photographed at his home in London. (File)
Alexander Litvinenko, former KGB spy and author of the book Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within photographed at his home in London. (File) - Sputnik International
The UK inquiry report into the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko is politically motivated, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia regrets that the case overshadows relations between Moscow and London, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"There was no reason to expect that the final report of а politically engaged and highly non-transparent process, with a predetermined result, could be objective and impartial," Zakharova said in a written comment on the report issued earlier in the day.

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She added that Russia's position on this issue remained unchanged and well-known.

"We regret that a purely criminal case was politicized and marred the general atmosphere of our bilateral relations," she pointed out.

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Alexander Litvinenko fled from Russia to Britain in 2000. He died in 2006, three weeks after drinking tea with his former colleagues Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoy in central London.

Following his death, UK authorities claimed that Litvinenko's former colleagues had poisoned him with the radioactive isotope polonium-210. A public inquiry into Litvinenko's death was formally established by the UK government in July 2014.

"We need time to study in detail the content of this document [UK report on Litvinenko's case], and then we will give a detailed assessment," Zakharova added.

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