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UK: Corbyn favours 'robust dialogue' over 'cutting off contact' with Russia 02:08

UK: Corbyn favours 'robust dialogue' over 'cutting off contact' with Russia

United Kingdom, London
March 12, 2018 at 18:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the House of Commons following a statement by UK Prime Minister regarding the Skripal nerve agent case in London on Monday.

“We need to continue seeking a robust dialogue with Russia on all the issues currently dividing our country, both domestic and international, rather than simply cutting off contact and letting the tensions and divisions get worse, and, potentially, even more dangerous,” Corbyn said.

He also said that “the investigation into the shocking events in Salisbury must reach its conclusions.”

“We need to see both the evidence and a full account from the Russian authorities in light of the emerging evidence that the Prime Minister has just referred to,” the Labour Party leader added.

Corbyn’s statement follow claims by May that Russia was either ‘responsible’ for the ‘attempted murder’ of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia or was negligent in its handling of 'weapons-grade nerve agents.'

Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious after a nerve agent attack a week ago in the English city of Salisbury. They remain in a critical but stable condition in Salisbury district hospital.

The 66-year-old former Russian military intelligence officer was convicted in Russia of supplying MI6 with Russian state secrets. Part way through his jail term, in 2010, he was involved in a spy swap and given refuge in the UK.

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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the House of Commons following a statement by UK Prime Minister regarding the Skripal nerve agent case in London on Monday.

“We need to continue seeking a robust dialogue with Russia on all the issues currently dividing our country, both domestic and international, rather than simply cutting off contact and letting the tensions and divisions get worse, and, potentially, even more dangerous,” Corbyn said.

He also said that “the investigation into the shocking events in Salisbury must reach its conclusions.”

“We need to see both the evidence and a full account from the Russian authorities in light of the emerging evidence that the Prime Minister has just referred to,” the Labour Party leader added.

Corbyn’s statement follow claims by May that Russia was either ‘responsible’ for the ‘attempted murder’ of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia or was negligent in its handling of 'weapons-grade nerve agents.'

Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious after a nerve agent attack a week ago in the English city of Salisbury. They remain in a critical but stable condition in Salisbury district hospital.

The 66-year-old former Russian military intelligence officer was convicted in Russia of supplying MI6 with Russian state secrets. Part way through his jail term, in 2010, he was involved in a spy swap and given refuge in the UK.

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