26 Apr 2018 16:09

London is two-faced in terms of int'l prevention of money laundering - Peskov

MOSCOW. April 26 (Interfax) - The Kremlin has accused London of being two-faced over London's demands that financial regulators disclose information about the final beneficiaries of companies registered in the UK.

"The Kremlin has seen these statements. You know that some countries, including the UK, have a rather two-faced position in terms of international prevention of money laundering: on the one hand, they are signatory to all conventions, but on the other, they practically have such financial and tax lacunas on their territory," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Such statements are, of course, from the evil one," he said.

Peskov also said "the placement of funds in such lacunas in itself is not legal, and that should be taken into account."

"However, if the funds are illegal income, it's a totally different story," he said.

"Russia, the relevant Russian authorities, are conducting an uncompromising fight against this unclean money in cooperation with international divisions," he said.