http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... dmits.html
'Serious differences' still exist between London and Moscow, Hague admits
William Hague said there were "serious differences" between London and Moscow as he told the Kremlin that Britain would not back down in its campaign to extradite the man it believes murdered former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.
The Foreign Secretary, on his first visit to Russia since he took office, admitted that Britain's relationship with Russia continued to be held back by the two countries' failure to see eye to eye on the Litvinenko affair.
"We have serious differences which we do not shy away from discussing," Mr Hague said. "We are not saying today that we have abolished all the differences between the governments of the United Kingdom and Russia."
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relations between Britain and Russia have still not recovered from the 2006 Litvinenko affair. The former FSB security officer and arch Kremlin critic was poisoned after having his tea laced with radioactive polonium in a London hotel.
Britain has repeatedly demanded the extradition of the man it suspects killed him, former KGB bodyguard Alexander Lugovoi, now an ultranationalist Russian MP. But the Kremlin has angrily rejected the request, saying only that it might be willing to put Mr Lugovoi on trial in Russia if Britain provided sufficiently strong evidence.
Mr Hague said on Wednesday he was unwilling to compromise on the issue.
"Lugovoi's trial must take place in Britain," he told Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. "We continue to insist that Mr Lugovoi must be brought before the British courts."
Sergey Lavrov, Mr Hague's Russian counterpart, said the Kremlin was equally unwilling to compromise.
"The position of Russia is well known to the British side," he said. "We are not going to give it up."
Mr Lugovoi himself insists he is innocent and on Wednesday urged Britain to "move on."
"The more the British dig in their heels over this problem, the worse it will be for our relations with them," he told the Interfax news agency. "If the British have any kind of evidence that proves I am guilty, let them present it to the public."
...Before his trip, the Foreign Secretary had said the "door was open" to better relations. "They have responded to that opening of a door," said one senior British official. "But there are plenty more windows we have to open."
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