LONDON (Sputnik) – The possible closure of the Russian trade mission in London will harm business communities on both sides and deepen the crisis in bilateral relations, Russia’s Trade Representative in the United Kingdom Boris Abramov told Sputnik on Thursday.
“I find it hard to comment on the rumors. I can only say that such a move on London’s part if it really happens, will hurt both the Russian and UK business communities and will aggravate the already precarious situation,” Abramov said.
In late March, the Telegraph newspaper reported that the United Kingdom threatened to close the Russian trade mission in north London, as tensions between the two countries continued to escalate in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning and mutual expulsion of diplomats.
Russian-UK relations sharply deteriorated last month, when London accused Moscow of involvement in the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent in the UK city of Salisbury.
Russia has refuted the accusations and demanded an independent investigation into the incident. However, London promptly suspended bilateral contacts with Russia, expelling 23 Russian diplomats, with Moscow responding by expelling the same number of UK diplomats.