UK: Russian-Western cooperation 'at stake' — Russian ambassador on Skripal case *EXCLUSIVE*

In order to get the goal you have to press more and more. That's why you hear all those stories, all this fake news. So this is part of the British life, because after the Brexit the UK should find it's place under the sun. And they [Great Britain] decided the deterrence of Russia will be the new job for the UK so that's exactly what they're doing today, and what you read in the newspapers is just... Еще the illustration of that policy.» SOT, Journalist: «In your personal opinion what is at stake here if this keeps getting worse — Russia's relationship with Britain and Western allies? What is at stake? What is going to happen?» SOT, Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to the UK: «I think of course the cooperation is at stake, but it's not so easy to convince your own people that you can base all this policy on certain things like we see with the Skripal and Litvinenko and others. It's quite artificial, and what I see today with the Skripal case was more questions put towards the British government. So basically of course at certain stage this period of that policy will end but the job of the diplomats is try to make it happen a little earlier than late.» Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko said that cooperation between Russia and Britain and its Western allies is «at stake» in light of the Skripal poisoning case, during an exclusive interview with Ruptly in London on Friday. According to Yakovenko, Russia is «the enemy number one to Britain» at the moment and this idea will shape the relationship between the two countries. However, in order to do so, the UK needs to get the people behind the policies: «What we see today is that the people don't believe the government, they ask a lot of questions, as you see on social media they are asking why the government is pursuing such a policy. In order to get the goal you have to press more and more. That's why you hear all those stories, all this fake news,» said Yakovenko.

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