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Theresa May promised to ‘take every step’ against Russian assassins — two years before latest attack

Theresa May promised to ‘take every step’ against Russian assassins — two years before latest attack

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has protested the attempted assassination of a former Russian double agent in England earlier this month, promised two years ago to “take every step” to prevent such attacks.

The promise came in a letter to the widow of a former Russian intelligence officer, Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in England in 2006. Ten years later, a British government inquiry concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “probably” behind the attack on Litvinenko, who had defected to the West in 2000 and become a whistleblower on corruption in the Kremlin. May, who was British home secretary at the time, wrote Litvinenko’s widow, Marina, that the government would “take every step to protect the U.K. and its people from such a crime ever being repeated.”

Marina Litvinenko shared a redacted version of the letter with Yahoo News during an interview with Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff and Yahoo News Editor in Chief Dan Klaidman for the latest episode of their weekly podcast,“Skullduggery.”

“We have also made clear to Russia our profound concerns in relation to the Inquiry’s finding of probable Russian state involvement, and specifically the role of the [Russian security agency] FSB in your husband’s death,” May wrote. “This has been done at Ministerial and senior diplomatic levels and, I can assure you, will be done repeatedly and directly.”

May added that while “we have to have some form of relationship with Russia, it is guarded and heavily conditioned.”

“As the Prime Minister [David Cameron] put it, ‘We do it with clear eyes and a very cold heart,’” she wrote.

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The revelation of May’s letter to Litvinenko’s widow came a day after the British government announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the country in response to the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England. May, now prime minister, also said that no members of the royal family will attend the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

Last week, Sergei Skripal, a retired Russian military intelligence officer, and his daughter, Yulia, collapsed in a public street in Salisbury in western England. They remain in critical condition. British counterterrorism officials said that a military-grade nerve agent was used in the attack. The attempted assassination quickly drew comparisons to Litvinenko’s 2006 poisoning by radioactive polonium.

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