(AP) President Vladimir Putin’s likely successor suggested in an interview published Monday that the British Council and foreign NGOs spy on Russia, echoing accusations that have strained ties between Moscow and the West — in particular Britain.The remarks from Dmitry Medvedev were striking because he has tended to take a less confrontational tone with the West than Putin, leading to speculation that his expected election on March 2 might ease tension that has built up in recent years.
|Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev
Дмитрий Анатольевич Медведев
In an interview with the weekly Itogi, Medvedev suggested supporting Russian actions that led the British Council — an international cultural body funded by the British government — to suspend operations at its offices in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. Moscow said the offices were operating illegally.