Russian Foreign Intelligence Service chief Sergei Naryshkin said on 23 September that Scotland Yard's statement about a third Russian citizen involved in the Skripal case is "another lie", adding that the new accusations are being used to divert attention away from NATO's "shameful" withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"In my opinion, this is an attempt to cover up or support previous lies with yet another lie. In addition, in light of the recent events in Afghanistan, this is probably an attempt to divert the public's attention from the shameful escape from Afghanistan, primarily by the troops of the US and its allies, including the United Kingdom, an attempt to distract attention from the fact that NATO is no longer able to maintain security", Naryshkin told reporters.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier met with UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss in New York amid the new British accusations against Russia in the Skripal poisoning case.
Earlier this week, Scotland Yard announced that prosecutors had identified and indicted a third suspect in the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who allegedly arrived in the United Kingdom under the alias Sergey Fedotov.