Russia: Putin calls on UK to grant Kremlin access to Yulia Skripal

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the UK to grant the Kremlin access to Yulia Skripal and the investigation of the poisoning case, while speaking during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday. Putin denied Moscow's involvement in the Salisbury incident, arguing that if a nerve agent were indeed used, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia would... Еще have been killed on the spot 'within several minutes or seconds.' During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website. This year's phone-in line is being held in an updated format. The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away. Another feature of the ongoing session is the absence of a studio audience. Thus, allowing the Russian leader to focus on questions and requests filed by Russian citizens. So far some 2 million questions have been submitted for Putin's Direct Line 2018 Q&A. The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.

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