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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

London's Delay Frustrates Russia

The Foreign Ministry complained on Wednesday about a "long delay" in the British response to its request to send investigators to London for inquiries into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.

The statement was the latest suggestion of tension between Britain and Russia over the investigation into the death of Litvinenko, who succumbed to radioactive polonium-210 in London in November and blamed President Vladimir Putin for his poisoning.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said the Prosecutor General's Office sent a request Jan. 8 asking permission to dispatch investigators to London, where Russian prosecutors want to visit several sites and question some 100 people, including Boris Berezovsky.

"So far, no answer has been received," Kamynin said in the statement. "Such a long delay in considering the Russian request causes regret, especially against the background of the readiness displayed by the Russian side for swift and constructive cooperation in this question at the professional level."