Russia’s ambassador to meet with UK’s new Foreign Secretary in near future

Russia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko is due to meet with new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt soon, Yakovenko said in a televised interview with the Rossiya’24 channel on Saturday.

“I received a letter from the Foreign Office that he [Jeremy Hunt] would like to hold a meeting. I think that the meeting will be arranged in the near future,” he said. “I believe the meeting will be timely since, first, [we] have to discuss the level of our countries’ bilateral relations and then I would like to ask questions which have not been answered in our correspondence.”

When asked about the investigation into the Salisbury poisoning incident, Yakovenko pointed out that “it cannot but be a matter of concern” that “practically all evidence has been destroyed.”

“Provided that something should be checked out, there will be no chance. Therefore, when we speak about a veil of secrecy over this probe, we mean that in fact there is not any physical evidence left,” he said.