The Kremlin: Britain's accusations in the Skripal case are a challenge

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Russia considers Britain's accusations that Moscow is behind the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, a challenge that needs to be addressed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov said today.

Moscow has denied responsibility for the March 4 attack on Scripal and his daughter, the first known neuroparalytic attack in Europe since World War II. Britain deported 23 Russians and Moscow responded by ordering the deportation of the same number of Britons.

"It simply came to our notice then. Most importantly, no one has ever been faced with a situation where a country is accused of something that cannot be said and that [the UK] is not trying to say. We say that these are international relations on the verge of lawlessness. What is behind it? The UK's internal problems or the UK's relations with its allies or something else? It is not our issue. "Our goal is to meet this invitation," Peshkov told NTV.

The spokesman added that Russian President Vladimir Putin had shown restraint over the Salisbury issue and Britain's reaction to it.