Russian ambassador branded delusional after claiming UK was behind Skripal poisoning to turn the world against the Kremlin

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RUSSIA’s UK ambassador was branded delusional today as he claimed the UK attacked the Skripals to prove Russia was a rogue state.

In an extraordinary meeting with MPs, Alexander Yakovenko said the Government had to carry out “something extraordinary” to show Brits that Theresa May was right to brand Russia “public enemy number one”.

 The Russian ambassador was branded delusional after claiming the UK was behind the Skripal poisoning todayAP The Russian ambassador was branded delusional after claiming the UK was behind the Skripal poisoning today

Pressed if he really believed UK security services attempted to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, he told Labour’s Chris Bryant: “Yes.”

He said: “There is a public opinion, a general opinion that Russia is enemy number one. It was in your national security strategy.

“The British side was trying to influence the western world against Russia.”

He added: “The people don’t buy this kind on policy. In order to get their support something extraordinary needed to be done in order to make people believe that this is the Russians who did this. That’s exactly what happened.”

 Mr Yakovenko confirmed he believed the UK security services attempted to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in SalisburyEast2west News Mr Yakovenko confirmed he believed the UK security services attempted to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury

Tory MP Bob Seeley said Mr Yakovenko's defence of Russian atrocities such as the Skripal attack and actions in Syria were comparable to ‘Comical Ali’ – Saddam Hussein’s spokesman during the Iraq War.

Tory backbencher Richard Benyon told the ambassador: “If we said it was daytime you would argue it’s night-time.”

The comments came as the ambassador slammed accusations from MI5 boss Andrew Parker that Russia was becoming a “pariah” state, insisting given countries around the world have good relations with the Kremlin.

He said the Russian aircraft turned off ‘transponders’ – which allow them to be identified – over British ships or Baltic states because NATO aircraft didn’t turn on their own.

​Russian ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko​ ​says ​he's ​happy ​that ​Yulia Skripal ​is ​recovering

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