Novichok victim Charlie Rowley asked
Mr Rowley said he still believed Russia was responsible for the Salisbury attack and that he was fed ‘Russian propaganda’ during the 90-minute meeting in London.
The 45-year-old and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, were exposed to the same nerve agent used to attack ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia last March.
Mr Rowley said he still believed Russia was responsible for the Salisbury attack and that he was fed ‘Russian propaganda’ during the 90-minute discussion
The couple fell ill in Amesbury months later after coming into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the poisonings and then discarded.
Ms Sturgess tragically died in hospital in July after spraying the perfume laced with poison on her wrists.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Mr Rowley said Alexander Yakovenko had seemed ‘genuinely concerned’ about his situation when they met at the Russian embassy in Kensington, but had not changed his view on Russia’s involvement in the poisonings.
Mr Rowley said: ‘I went along to ask them “Why did your country kill my girlfriend?”, but I didn’t really get any answers.’
And the ambassador told Mr Rowley that his country wasn’t behind the Salisbury attack because Russian novichok ‘would have killed everyone’.
Mr Rowley said: ‘I liked the ambassador, but I thought some of what he said trying to justify Russia not being responsible was ridiculous.’
The 45-year-old and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, were exposed to the same nerve agent used to attack ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia last March
‘I’m glad I met him and feel I did find out some things I didn’t know before. But I still think Russia carried out the attack.’
Mr Rowley, who says he continues to suffer from the long-term effects of exposure to Novichok, said he had asked the ambassador ‘more than a dozen questions in all’, including asking him about his claims that Britain was behind the attack.
He said Mr Yakovenko told him the substance used had not come from Russia and that the country only had small amounts of Novichok.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror after the meeting, Mr Yakovenko said he and Mr Rowley were ‘on the same page’ and wanted to see a report into the investigation published.
Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement, with president Vladimir Putin claiming the two suspects were civilians
‘It is important for Russia, but also for Charlie Rowley,’ he said.
‘I’ve seen a normal person who has really suffered a lot and who has suffered a tragedy in his life. If he asked for it, I would give him support.’
In September, Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service said there was sufficient evidence to charge two Russians – known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – with offences including conspiracy to murder over the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
They are accused of being members of the Russian military intelligence service the GRU.
Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement, with president Vladimir Putin claiming the two suspects were civilians.
During an interview, the pair said they were tourists visiting Salisbury – particularly its famous cathedral.