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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lugovoi Denies News Report of a Third Man

KGB veteran Andrei Lugovoi has denied reports in the British press that a third person was present during his Nov. 1 meeting at London's Millennium Hotel with Dmitry Kovtun and the late Alexander Litvinenko, Interfax reported Monday.

"It would be quite easy to check who was at our meeting with Litvinenko in the hotel -- the foyer, the bar. All this was recorded by the cameras," Lugovoi told Moskovsky Komsomolets in an interview published Monday.

Lugovoi said numerous witnesses could confirm that no third person had attended the meeting. "So it would be silly to comment on reports of some third person. What's more, Scotland Yard has made no official announcement in this regard," he said.

The Times of London reported Saturday that British police had identified a third man at the meeting, who was believed to have made tea laced with polonium-210 and served it to Litvinenko.

The BBC's investigative television program "Panorama" was scheduled Monday to air a report on Litvinenko's death titled "How To Poison A Spy."

A preview of the program posted on the BBC's official web site said there had likely been multiple attempts to poison Litvinenko with polonium-210.

Scotland Yard has so far refused to comment on its ongoing investigation.

Almost two-thirds of Russians are skeptical that the murder will ever be solved, according to the results of a survey released Monday by the state-owned VTsIOM polling agency.