Comments on: Russia rails against Britain at UN, denies Skripal role https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/russia-rails-against-britain-at-un-denies-skripal-role/ EU news and policy debates across languages Thu, 30 Aug 2018 01:56:18 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Paul Lim https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/russia-rails-against-britain-at-un-denies-skripal-role/#comment-333828 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 07:50:30 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1227670#comment-333828 As a man on the street, all I can see the UK with its allies slamming the Russians and the Russians slamming back. This looks like the coming back of the cold war, the good is the West, baddies are the Russians. The man on the street obviously does not have access to what is going on behind the scene. Is the public supposed to simply what comes out of government? The investigation is going on. Shouldn’t the accusations and defence come only when the investigation is completed. By slamming one another now raises questions of the integrity of the UK and its allies. It does not do it any support. If the Cold War has ended, it seems not then we should have honest, transparent, evidence-based behaviour. We cannot continue with the behaviour of we and them, of always having an enemy out there to defend, to unite. Is this also a tactic to distract from Brexit and its negotiations?

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By: Mike Parr https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/russia-rails-against-britain-at-un-denies-skripal-role/#comment-333796 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:13:06 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1227670#comment-333796 Couple of factlets:
Sergei Skripal, a former double agent – was in a Russian jail serving 18 years for spying – he came to the UK on the basis of a spy swap if the Russians disliked him that much they had plenty of opportunity to kill him…. in a Russian jail.

The formula for the binary nerve agent is available in a book which can be bought via Amazon. The two components that form the agent can be purchased in Europe and other places that have functioning pesticide and fertiliser industries.

The problem is not getting the stuff to make the nerve agent – the problem is staying alive when making it (its erm….. dangerous – the guy who invented it died when his protective gear malfunctioned – he was killed by the stuff he invented – rememebr – this was a guy that supposedly knew what he was doing).

Russia could have made the stuff, so could any other country with a functioning chem/ferti industry (finding somebody to make the stuff is another matter – hands up who has a death wish?). The UK’s Porton Down have said, categorically, that there are no “chemical finger prints” pointing to Russia.

Motives for Russia killing the guy are unclear – given that they had plenty of opportunity when he was in a Russian jail. This suggests that something changed between when he was exchanged and now.

It is probable that the Brits know what changed – but arn’t saying. What is know is that Johnson the UK’s Foreign Minister is & has always been a congenital liar. Which does not help an already confused situation. The Russian could be telling the truth – they did not do it & perhaps they don’t know who did. As Mr Corbyn noted – the best approach given all this is caution – a bit less finger pointing would be helpful.

Non-UK readers should keep in mind that the Tory party is facing a wipe out in local elections due in May. The current “incident” and the poses being struck by members of the Tory government are connected to this piece of electoral reality. Other EU countries would be well advised to ensure that there is very clear water between them and a deeply dysfunctional tory government and its leader Mrs Maybot.

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