Monday, September 12, 2011

Kremlin tells Cameron to forget radiation killing of dissident ahead of Moscow state visit - 12th Sept 2011

David Cameron was told to forget Britain’s ‘obsession’ with the radiation killing of a dissident Russian in London last night as he arrived for the first visit by a British prime minister to Moscow in six years.

Mr Cameron wants to focus on Anglo-Russian trade ties, but is under pressure to use the trip to press the Kremlin over the killing of Alexander Litvinenko and broader abuses human rights and state-sponsored corruption.

Four former British foreign secretaries — David Miliband, Jack Straw, Margaret Beckett and Sir Malcolm Rifkind — took the unusual step yesterday of issuing a joint statement urging Mr Cameron to stand up to the Russian regime.

The Prime Minister will risk infuriating his hosts by meeting human rights campaigners during his visit, but looks set to be given short shrift over demands to extradite the chief suspect in the Litvinenko murder, the only hostile nuclear incident ever to take place on British soil. Read More