» Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Asked whether there was any development overnight from Russia, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said there was nothing new to report on, the Government had not heard from the Russians.

Asked repeatedly what was the reaction to the "hit man" story, the PMS said he did not comment on speculation about security matters and security for high profile individuals was a matter for the Home Office.

Asked whether the hit man issues had anything to do with moves to expel spies, the PMS said we had always made clear the reason for the decision we took. The announcements made by David Miliband on Monday were in response to the failure to cooperate by the Russian authorities in relation to the extradition of Mr Lugovoi.

Asked whether the Government was happy with the EU response so far, the PMS said the Government had a very supportive statement from France, Chancellor Merkel had also been very supportive on Monday. There was a EU Foreign Ministers’ meeting on Monday, where no doubt there would be further discussions.

Asked whether the Government was happy with the statement issued by the EU on the 1st June, the PMS said yes.

Asked what did the Government think about a trial in another country, the PMS said we had always made clear that this was a crime committed on British soil and it should be trialled in a British court.

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