Russian UK envoy denies Kremlin tried hack computers and murder ex-spy

UK blocks replacement of diplomats after Novichok expulsions – Russian ambassador

And the third reason, Yakovenko stressed, is that Russian Federation doesn't have access to any documents related to the investigation; the British government refused to accept Moscow's assistance in the legal sphere. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko at the press conference, says a Witness.

"We can not fill those vacancies because Britain refuses to issue visas to our diplomats", Alexander Yakovenko said during a press conference on Friday.

Mr Yakovenko dismissed claims by the Bellingcat investigative website to have unmasked the true identities of the two suspects in Salisbury case - originally identified by the United Kingdom authorities by the aliases Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov.

After scouring open-source material, it identified the men as officials in the GRU Russian military intelligence agency and gave their real names as Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga.

The ambassador insisted the suspects, who appeared on Russian television claiming they were tourists visiting Salisbury cathedral, were innocent tourists and there was no reason "not to trust them".

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Yakovenko claimed Bellingcat has "very close links to the British special services" and was "the tool of the deep establishment to leak certain things", he said.

Asked about claims of GRU worldwide computer hacking attempts, including at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, he said: "of course I deny".

When asked if Moscow accepted the British accusations that the alleged poisoning attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal was "attempted murder" by Russian military intelligence agents, he said no, citing three reasons why.

"We can't fill these jobs, because the UK refuses to issue visas to diplomats for coming to the United Kingdom", he said. "But how to do it?"

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