It is now clear that officials in the Russian security services were a part of the plot to kill Alexander Litvinenko.
Even if the order did not come from the top, agents within the State apparat connived in the assassination of a British citizen.
Therefore it is all the more distasteful that the Russians should have criticized the publication of Mr. Litvinenko's deathbed accusations against President Vladimir Putin.
As Dame Pauline Neville-Jones said "bloody cheek!".
Whatever the plots and machinations behind this sinister murder, the fact is that Russian agents were complict in the crime. The Russian government should understand that in previous times, this would have been considered and act of war against the Queen's peace. Instead of criticism, the British government has a right to demand full co-operation from the Russian government.
If we don't get it, then that would be tantamount to an admission of guilt.
Russia doesn't do apologies- while Blair busies himself apologizing for the slave trade of three centuries ago, there are Russians alive now who took part in one of the greatest single acts of mass murder in history: the Great Soviet Terror.
We would do well not to forget the psychological damage that has been inflicted on Russia by the Terror, we would, however, be even more foolish to accept uncivilized behaviour as the norm from the Kremlin.
"Never apologise, never explain" was Stalins's policy- we must not accept it from Putin.