Russia: ‘I cannot comment as we do not possess any information’ — Peskov on Skripal

Reporter 1 (Russian): “Is Moscow ready to cooperate in the investigation?” Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary of the President of Russia (Russian): “Nobody applied with such a request.” Reporter 1 (Russian): “If they do?” Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary of the President of Russia (Russian): “Let us wait and see. Moscow is always open for cooperation.” Reporter 2 (Russian): “I just wanted to... Еще check. Skripal no longer had Russian citizenship? Russia won’t investigate [INAUDIBLE] of a Russian citizen abroad?” Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary of the President of Russia (Russian): “I do not know, that’s why I cannot answer your question.” Reporter 2 (Russian): “The foreign media are writing about the potential participation of Russia. Maybe a Russian citizen was involved [in this incident]. Can you comment on that?” Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia (Russian): “I cannot comment on this. But they did not make us wait long, as we say in Russian. I understand it is hard to translate into English but nevertheless.” “I cannot comment as we do not possess any information” Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitri Peskov said concerning the case of Sergei Skripal during a conference call with journalists in Moscow, Tuesday. When asked if Russia was ready to cooperate in the investigation, Peskov said “Moscow is always open for cooperation,” but “nobody [has] applied with such a request.” Sergei Skripal, 66, is a former Russian intelligence agent convicted of supplying MI6 with Russian state secrets. He was involved in a spy swap in 2010 and given refuge in the UK. Skripal was found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday, along with his 33-year-old daughter, after being exposed to an unknown substance. He is in critical condition in hospital.

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