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Introduction — March 16, 2018

The exchanges between London and Moscow over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter grow increasingly heated. However, before we look at exactly what is being said it’s worth recalling some vital information about Skripal’s poisoning that has largely been overlooked by the corporate media.
Unusually, this comes via the BBC and it stands in stark contrast to what most British politicians have been saying, or indeed what the corporation itself has been dutifully echoing.
According to a BBC Online report dated March 8, 2018, entitled “Russian spy: Salisbury attack was ‘brazen and reckless“:
Meanwhile, a doctor who was one of the first people at the scene has described how she found Ms Skripal slumped unconscious on a bench, vomiting and fitting. She had also lost control of her bodily functions.
The woman, who asked not to be named, told the BBC she moved Ms Skripal into the recovery position and opened her airway, as others tended to her father.
She said she treated her for almost 30 minutes, saying there was no sign of any chemical agent on Ms Skripal’s face or body.
The doctor said she had been worried she would be affected by the nerve agent, but added that she “feels fine”.
If a deadly Russian nerve agent was used then the doctor who first treated the Skripals would also probably have been affected. Especially as she wore no protective gear. Yet she says she “feels fine”.
Apart from reinforcing arguments that Skripal and his daughter were not poisoned by a Russian nerve agent, this also lends weight to claims by Craig Murray. According to the former British ambassador, he has been reliably informed that Porton Down scientists had been unable to identify the poison as being of Russian origin and were growing resentful of government pressure to make them identify it as such.
Despite this and all the other unanswered question, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has personally singled-out Russian President Putin for blame.
As I’ve noted, this is all uncomfortably reminiscent of the media’s speculation over Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. For a while they were a staple news item. Until Coalition forces invaded Iraq and it was found that Saddam Hussein never had any such weapons.
Are we seeing a repeat performance and, most importantly, what is the precise objective? Ed.

Boris Johnson blames Vladimir Putin personally for Salisbury nerve agent attack

Belfast Telegraph — March 16, 2018

Boris Johnson. Click to enlarge

Boris Johnson. Click to enlarge

It is “overwhelmingly likely” that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the use of a nerve agent in the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Johnson’s decision to place blame for the attack in Salisbury on Mr Putin personally came as Britain awaited Moscow’s response to the expulsion of 23 of its diplomats.

The Foreign Secretary’s comments earned a scathing rebuke from Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who said: “We have said on different levels and occasions that Russia has nothing to do with this story. Any reference or mentioning of our president is nothing else but shocking and unpardonable diplomatic misconduct.”

The Kremlin is also considering its response to the United States after Donald Trump’s administration imposed sanctions on Russians allegedly involved in interfering with the 2016 US elections and cyber-attacks.

Speaking at an event in Moscow on Thursday night, Vladimir Putin said Russia is a “proud” nation “and will be in the future, too”.

Asked on Friday whether Moscow would expel UK diplomats, his foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said: “Of course we will.”

Visiting the Battle of Britain Bunker museum in Uxbridge with his Polish counterpart, Mr Johnson singled out Mr Putin personally for blame.

“Our quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin, and with his decision – and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision – to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War, ” said the Foreign Secretary.

“That is why we are at odds with Russia.”

Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz said: “We are sure that it is the Russian state which is involved in this attempt. It is certain.”

The attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury was highlighted by the US Treasury as one of the justifications for the tougher line against Moscow.

The US treasury department said the use of a military-grade nerve agent in the Salisbury incident “further demonstrates the reckless and irresponsible conduct of its (Russia’s) government”.

The sanctions prompted a swift threat of retaliation from the Russian government, which said a response was already being prepared.

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