Alex Salmond involved in furious BBC clash over his RT role and Russian links to poisoning

Alex Salmond clashes with BBC host on Salisbury poisonings

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Alex Salmond appeared on Good Morning Scotland to discuss the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary election and the prospects of his Alba Party. However, the BBC’s Gary Robertson unleashed a savage grilling on Scotland’s former First Minister regarding his view on Russia’s alleged involvement in the death of a former Russian military officer and double agent for the British intelligence agencies, and his daughter in March 2018.

The BBC host asked: “Do you think Russia were behind the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury?”

Mr Salmond said: “What on earth does this have to do with this Scottish election?”

Mr Robertson replied: “Because you are working for Russia Today [RT] which has been condemned by many people including the First Minister.

“I am just curious as to whether you believe Russia were implicated in the poisoning?”

The Alba leader said: “I can tell you from personal experience, I do not know what your experience at the BBC is, not a single word of editorial, instructional or even suggestion has been made to me by anybody at RT and programme stands on its own merits.”

The BBC host asked again: “Do you think Russian were behind the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury?”

Mr Salmond responded: “The evidence was presented at the time Gary, I am struggling to understand what this has got to do with a Scottish election campaign.

“It is perfectly legitimate for you to ask me about the programme that I produced along with others for its broadcast on RT.”

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Mr Robertson interjected: “Which is why I am asking you about Russia’s behaviour.”

Mr Salmond said: “I could talk about a range.”

The BBC cut the Alba leader off again, saying: “Or you could you just answer the question which I will ask you for a third time, do you think Russia were behind the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal?”

The former SNP leader replied: “Evidence came forward and it was contested, I said that it should go to the international tribunal and courts.

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“I said that at the time and I think the evidence came forward and people can see it for what it is.”

The Alex Salmond Talk Show is a political talk show hosted by the former First Minister.

It premiered on RT UK on November 16, 2017.

The show continues to air and has aired episodes as recently as March 2021.

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