Alex Salmond refused to say whether he believed Russia was behind the 2018 Salisbury Novichok poisoning that killed a woman and left her critically ill.
The former Scottish Prime Minister, who has hosted a show on the Russian state broadcaster RT since 2017, said he had no idea who was responsible for the agent attacks during an interview on LBC.
“I am happy to say that I do not believe that two people from the GRU were in Salisbury because they wanted to go to Salisbury Cathedral,” the party’s new leader, Alba, said after repeatedly being asked about his approach.
“I didn’t think it was a particularly compelling story,” he said.
Le scene alex salmond, Produced by independent company Slante Media – jointly by Mr Salmond and former SNP MP Tasmeena Ahmed-Sheikh, airs every Thursday at 7:30, 12:30 pm and 10:30 pm on RT UK.
Mr Salmond was accused of “spinning” for Russia earlier this month, after refusing to answer similar questions from BBC Scotland about the possible crime of Vladimir Putin or Moscow, usually former What is said to be an attempt to assassinate a Russian agent. . Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Scottish Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, said earlier this month that Salmond was “now reduced to amnesty for Putin’s rule”.
But Salmond has always maintained that there was no editorial intervention to fulfill his agenda.
Dawn Sturges, a 44-year-old mother, died at Salisbury District Hospital on July 8, 2018, while her partner Charlie Rowley was ill after being exposed in Novichok. he survived.
Ms. Sturges and Mr. Rowley fell after an encounter with a perfume bottle, believed to have been used to poison Skipples.
The two Russian citizens are accused of traveling to the UK to murder Mr Skrull with Novichok, wiping out highly toxic material from the Dokernob at his Salisbury home. Evidence collected by intelligence agencies led the British government to conclude that the men were officers of the Russian military intelligence service, GRU.
The suspects – known by pseudonyms Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – were captured by CCTV in Salisbury the day before the attack.
Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement, with Mr Putin claiming that the two suspects were civilians, and the couple said in an interview that they were tourists visiting Salisbury Cathedral.
Novichok is a well-known poison choice, especially popular in Russia. Recently, it was used in an alleged assassination attempt by Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny – although Mr Putin and his colleagues have also denied involvement in the attack.
Somewhere in his interview with LBC, Mr. Salmond appeared to ignore the seriousness of Russia’s current military construction on the Ukrainian border.
“I think there is a significant international dispute between Russia and Ukraine,” he said. “And I’m happy to the contrary [former president Donald] Property, [Joe] Biden said last night he was looking for a secure and stable relationship with Russia.
A former US ambassador to Russia said on Monday that Mr Putin risked starting a war in Europe if he attacked Ukraine.
The LBC interview is a series preceding the holy election in May.
Salmond participates in the election for a separatist party in Alba after his bitter splits with the SNP.
He was released from multiple sexual assault charges at the High Court in Edinburgh in March 2020 and was embroiled in a dispute with the Prime Minister and former SNP colleague Nicola Sturgeon about the case and its consequences.