Nobody is still able to explain why Russia has tried to assassinate one of his ex-agents, whom it let before leave the country. And why it did that some days before the Russian elections. And why it did that using a poison which could help identify it as the perpetrator.
No one can be sure of the nationality of the architects of this assassination attempt. But it is already clear they have the creative abilities of Agatha Kristie.
May: Russia ‘highly likely’ responsible for attack on former spy Skripal
UK ready to take more ‘extensive measures’ to retaliate against Moscow
By Jim Pickard, George Parker and Henry Foy
Theresa May has pronounced it “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The British prime minister told the House of Commons that the former spy was poisoned with “military-grade nerve agent of the type developed by Russia”, according to world-leading experts at Porton Down, the government’s chemical weapons research centre.
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Tillerson: Russian Ex-Spy’s Poisoning ‘Will Trigger a Response’
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday that the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal “clearly came from Russia,” and that it “will trigger a response.”
The official told reporters that he’s not sure whether the Russian government had knowledge of the poisoning, but that the nerve agent used in the attack couldn’t have originated elsewhere. He noted that the substance the UK says the two were attacked with exists “only in the hands of a very, very limited number of parties.”
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The Skripal Mystery – Supposition Masquerading as Fact
Just how far political and journalistic standards have slipped in Britain could be seen again this week with the reaction to the Salisbury spy poisoning story.
Obviously, the news that a former Russian Intelligence officer, who had sold secrets to MI6, had been found, along with his daughter, in a collapsed state on a bench in Salisbury, a historic cathedral city in south-west England, was going to make the headlines.
You’d expect plenty of debate about what might have happened to Sergei and Yulia Skripal. And yes, you’d expect people to discuss the possibility that there may have been Russian government involvement in the crime. But it’s gone way beyond that. The problem is not that Russia has been put on the list of suspects, but that it has been deemed guilty even before we know the full details of the case.
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UK prime minister delivers ultimatum to Russia, heightening war danger
By Laura Tiernan
13 March 2018
British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that Russia was “highly likely” to be responsible for deploying “a military grade nerve agent” against double agent Sergei Skripal, which she declared “an indiscriminate and reckless act against the United Kingdom.”
May’s speech followed a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss Britain’s response to the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, just over a week ago.
“It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. This is part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok,” May claimed.
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