Administration: claims that Putin had hand in critic's poisoning "very serious"

January 22, 2016 12:40 AM

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Administration officials say new claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have ordered the poisoning of his critic and former KGB colleague Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 are “serious” and will be closely watched, with “relevant steps” possible by the U.S.

Although he did not say what those steps might be, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at his briefing Thursday that the administration is closely following the ongoing British inquiry into the poisoning of Litvinenko, who became sick after drinking tea laced with polonium-210 at a Lon...

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