Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, September 22, met for the first time with his British counterpart Elizabeth Truss, who was appointed to this post last week. This was reported on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The meeting was held behind closed doors, amid new accusations by the UK against Russia in the case of the Skripal poisoning.
The heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries discussed the current state of bilateral relations.
“The Russian side again stated the lack of progress in solving problems that impede the resumption of a full-fledged political dialogue, the continuing reluctance of London to build interstate relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect for interests,” the message says.
Lavrov called on London for responsible cooperation and concrete actions to “form a positive agenda in bilateral interaction.”
On September 21, Scotland Yard accused another Russian of involvement in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March 2018. According to British law enforcement officers, a member of the Russian special services Denis Sergeev, who used the pseudonym Sergei Fedotov, also took part in the attempted murder of the Skripals. He is facing the same charges as the two previous suspects: attempted murder, grievous bodily harm to a police officer and the use of chemical weapons.
British spy and ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the British city of Salisbury on March 4, 2018. London claims they were exposed to a Novichok-class warhead allegedly being developed in Russia. Moscow was accused of involvement in the incident. Russia denied all accusations against itself, pointing out that they were unsubstantiated.
23 Russian diplomats were expelled from Great Britain. Later, photographs of the “suspects” in the incident were published. GRU officers Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused of involvement in the poisoning.