Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says a British inquiry that implicates Russia's leadership in the 2006 death in London of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, will seriously complicate Russian-British ties. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An inquiry chaired by a British judge into the death in London of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko will seriously complicate Russian-British ties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference on Tuesday (January 26). Lavrov said the inquiry which pointed to possible involvement of the Russian leadership including President Vladimir Putin, provided no proof and that conclusions were predictable. "We heard what (British Prime) David Cameron said, what other members of his cabinet said. What I especially liked is when the British prime minister said that he was shocked and that the inquiry confirmed what he knew from the very beginning," Lavrov said. "I only agree with one thing, with what the British Foreign Office said. It said that Litvinenko's case will further complicate our bilateral relations. With that I totally agree. Not the case of Litvinenko but the performance staged around it. That will seriously complicate our bilateral relations. And it will complicate relations, not 'maybe' or 'probably'. They will be complicated for sure," he added. Litvinenko, 43, an outspoken critic of Putin who fled Russia for Britain six years to the day before he was poisoned, died after drinking green tea laced with the rare and very potent radioactive isotope polonium-210 at London's Millennium Hotel.