20 Mar 2018 19:23

May acted as agitator mobilizing Russian citizens - Volodin

MOSCOW. March 20 (Interfax) - By making unfounded accusations against Russia in relation to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, British Prime Minister Theresa May has effectively united the Russian public ahead the presidential election, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said.

"In this case, she was in fact such an agitator mobilizing our country's citizens because she could not be forgiven such accusations not based by any evidence," Volodin told journalists on Tuesday.

London's accusations rang hollow, he said.

"If one is to give a political assessment, this clearly amounts to interference in the election campaign. These accusations aimed to undermine confidence, split the society. But what happened was the opposite," Volodin said.

London has to understand that one cannot go public with this kind of baseless accusations, he said. "And if you do, have evidence," Volodin said.