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Vladimir Putin 'probably' approved Alexander Litvinenko killing in London

President Vladimir Putin "probably" approved the assassination of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, a public inquiry has found.

Sir Robert Owen's report said Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun were probably acting under the direction of Moscow's FSB intelligence service when they poisoned him with radioactive polonium 210 at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair in 2006.

The Home Secretary said the Russian ambassador will be summoned to the Foreign Office to be told about the Government’s anger about the case.

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PM 'extremely disturbed' by Litvinenko report findings

David Cameron is taking the findings 'extremely seriously'. Credit: PA

David Cameron's official spokeswoman said Downing Street was taking the Litvinenko findings "extremely seriously" and that the Prime Minister found them "extremely disturbing".

The inquiry found Russian President Vladimir Putin "probably" approved the assassination of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.

The spokeswoman said: "The conclusion that the murder was authorised at the highest levels of the Russian state is extremely disturbing.

"It is not the way for any state, let alone a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to behave. Regrettably, these findings confirm what we and previous governments already believed."

The spokeswoman said measures taken against Russia in 2007 remained in place, adding: "In the light of the inquiry's findings, we are considering what further action we should take."

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