Murdered spy's widow warns British PM over Russia trip

7th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain and Russia will struggle to overcome their differences as long as the murder of a Kremlin critic in London remains unsolved, the victim's widow warned Wednesday ahead of a visit by David Cameron to Moscow.

Cameron will seek to build ties as he makes the first formal visit by a British prime minister to Russia in five years, but the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006 is expected to be high on the agenda.

The victim's widow, Marina Litvinenko, warned in an interview with The Times newspaper: "Without sorting out this case, how can you trust a country in defence and security? It is not a real relationship until there is justice."

British police accuse ex-KGB officer turned Russian lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi for murdering Litvinenko by lacing his tea with radioactive polonium, but Moscow has always dismissed the allegations.

Speaking ahead of Cameron's visit on Monday with businessmen that includes BP chief executive Bob Dudley, Marina Litvinenko said she understood the need for diplomatic and trade relations with Russia.

But she said it should not come at the expense of justice for her husband.

"I am not against Russia at all but I am about justice, and I don't like that anybody will die in this horrible way because somebody in the top level of government decides to kill another person in another country because they don't like him or they dont like her. We have to stop it," she said.

She said she expected Cameron to do more than simply raise the subject during his one-day visit, during which he will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev.

"Everything about England is about law tradition, rules. You can be anybody but you are still in front of the law. If they decide to drop this case just because of something I think it could change England forever," she said.

© 2011 AFP

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