Salmond “an unwitting pawn in a Russian chess game to undermine the UK”

ALEX Salmond has been accused of being an “unwitting pawn” manipulated by Russia to undermine the UK.

Liberal Democrat MP Jamie Stone made the remarks during a debate in Westminster Hall today on cybersecurity.

The member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross said he “deplores” Salmond’s “refusal” to accept that the Kremlin is behind the attacks on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

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Mr Stone said: “It is no coincidence that RT, the Russian television, is using its services to try to undermine some of the most expensive things in the UK.

“And I want to officially state today that I absolutely deplore Mr. Alex Salmond’s refusal to accept the shameful and horrific nature of the attack on Salisbury.

“I don’t think this man realizes that he is the unwitting Russian chess pawn to undermine the UK.”

It comes after the former prime minister has repeatedly refused to say whether he accepts the Russian state as behind the 2018 Novichok attacks.

Last Wednesday party leader Alba was questioned three times on BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland radio show if he believed Russia was responsible for the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal ago three years.

He declined to say whenever he believed the state was responsible, although then prime minister Theresa May said there was “no other conclusion than the Russian state was guilty of the attempted murder of Mr. Skripal and his daughter ”.

Asked about the attacks, Mr Salmond said: “Evidence has come forward and has been disputed that I said it should go to international courts and tribunals.

“I said that at the time. I think the evidence has been presented and people can see it for what it is.”

He also asked how relevant the question was to Holyrood’s current election campaign.

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