British Prime Minister David Cameron says he's considering new measures to punish Russia after what he calls the ''state-sponsored'' killing of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday (January 21) that the report into the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London confirmed the Russian state was behind the polonium poisoning. "What happened was absolutely appalling and this report confirms what we've always believed and what the last Labour government believed at the time of this dreadful murder, is that it was state-sponsored action," Cameron said. Around the time of the 2006 killing the then Labour government imposed sanctions on Russia, believing it to be behind Litvinenko's death. On Thursday Cameron's Conservative government imposed fresh sanctions, including asset freezes on the two Russian accused of carrying out the poisoning and issuing European Arrest Warrants for them. Russia has always refused to extradite Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, who claim they are innocent. Litvinenko's death marked a post-Cold War low point in Anglo-Russian ties, marred further by Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But Britain's measured early response to the report appeared to acknowledge a need for Russia to exert its influence over Assad in negotiations to end the Syrian civil war. He said he was considering further sanctions on Russia and would not rule anything out.