Russia is an irresponsible “disruptor” on the world stage which often has only a “negative agenda”, the UK’s representative to the United Nations has said.
Dame Karen Pierce attacked Moscow after it accused Britain of using the Salisbury Novichok attack to unleash “disgusting anti-Russian hysteria”, during talks at the UN in New York on Thursday.
Dame Karen said Russia had “produced a lot of obfuscation and a lot of allegations against us and against the investigation”.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today that while there were some channels of communication with Moscow, “it’s also true that Russia often only has a negative agenda”.
She added: "She (Russia) is a disruptor at the moment, she doesn't help us or anybody at the UN really try and make progress on a whole range of issues, from development to human rights to security, that are really important to millions of citizens around the world."
‘A lot of allegations against us’
Dame Karen also told Today: "I was really disappointed they (Russia) are not engaging with the detail.
"They produced a lot of obfuscation and a lot of allegations against us, and against the investigation, and just really made no attempt to engage with the substance or to acknowledge that the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons is in doubt now.
"It's in doubt in Syria, it's in doubt because of what happened in Salisbury and really we would much prefer the Russians to be a responsible member of the international community."
Moscow has repeatedly denied claims that Russia was behind the attack in March.
President Putin’s foreign policy advisor, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters in Moscow that the names of the suspects “do not mean anything to me”.
Decontamination work at the home of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury is starting, Wiltshire Council has confirmed.
The decontamination work at the Skripal property is part of a scheduled programme of ongoing work to make Salisbury and Amesbury safe for its residents and visitors.
The work is being planned and overseen by Defra in partnership with Wiltshire Council and carried out by specialist military teams.