May 4, 2018 / 8:25 AM / a year ago

Russia says Skripal case to harm security cooperation with UK - RIA

A police officer stands guard outside of the home of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury, Britain, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The poisoning of former Russian double agent in England will damage Britain-Russia cooperation in ensuring security for the soccer World Cup being staged in Russia from June, RIA cited a Russian deputy foreign minister as saying on Friday.

“Indeed, it will have an impact,” said Oleg Syromolotov, when asked if the situation would affect “anti-terrorist cooperation between Russia and Britain” in preparation for the World Cup, the state news agency RIA reported.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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