The sensational case of the poisoning of the ex-MI6 agent and former Russian military intelligence colonel, Sergei Skripal on March 4 in Salisbury, UK, is becoming curiouser and curiouser. Moscow is strongly refuting British allegations of Russian involvement in the poisoning of Skripal. An engrossing plot in big-power politics is also unfolding. There is stuff here for a Le Carre novel.
Are we witnessing a replay of the false flag Gulf of Tonkin attack of August 1964, the imaginary “incident” concocted by the US military to provide legal and political justification for deploying American forces in South Vietnam and for commencing open warfare against North Vietnam?
To recap, Britain alleged a military grade nerve agent of a type known as Novichok was used in Salisbury. It was originally developed in the former Soviet Union, and, therefore, Moscow’s hand – possibly, even President Vladimir Putin’s hand – was “highly likely”.
Moscow has maintained, on the other hand, that it had destroyed all its chemical weapons and said the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation verified this.
The British allegation quickly morphed into a large-scale expulsion of Russian diplomats (over 100 of them) by western capitals, under heavy pressure from Washington and London. The US alone expelled 60 Russian diplomats, while Britain expelled 23.
Britain is studiously ignoring the Russian requests for samples of the chemical agent used in the Salisbury attack and for giving consular access to the ex-spy’s daughter Yulia. Meanwhile, Britain instead approached the OPCW to investigate.
The OPCW has refused to confirm or deny the country of origin of the chemical agent used in the Salisbury attack.
There is egg on PM Theresa May’s face.
On April 18, Moscow disclosed that it has handed over to the OPCW alleged proof that the Novichok agent purportedly used in the Salisbury attack actually happens to be patented as a chemical weapon in 2015 in the US and produced in that country. (By the way, unlike Russia, the US is yet to destroy its chemical weapon stockpiles, as required under the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997.)
Now, not only the British government but Washington too has some explaining to do. Participating in the BBC’s Hard Talk program this week with Stephen Sacker, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov punched hard, saying “‘highly likely’ is a new invention of British diplomacy to describe why they punish people – because these people are ‘highly likely’ guilty. Like in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll when he described a trial… and the King said: ‘Let’s ask the jury’ and the Queen shouted: ‘No jury! Sentence first! Verdict afterwards!’ That’s the logic of ‘highly likely.’”
Britain is steadily edging away from the Skripal case, hoping, perhaps, that the matter will die down. But will Moscow let Britain off the hook? The Russians also seem to be holding back on some explosive information pointing toward alleged complicity by the US in this affair.
Simply put, could the Salisbury attack have been an Anglo-American joint covert operation undertaken with the ulterior motive to ratchet up tensions between the West and Russia? Indeed, it meshed well with the Russia-collusion campaign against Trump.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that the former National Security Advisor HR McMaster might have hoodwinked President Donald Trump into approving the expulsion under the wrong notion that similar numbers of expulsions by European allies was in the pipeline. In the event though, the Europeans made only token expulsions.
Earlier, McMaster tried to stop Trump from congratulating Putin on his big victory in the Russian election on March 18 in a phone conversation (where they discussed a possible summit meeting in a near future).
If the Skripal incident was McMaster’s swan song, the indefatigable Russophobe probably hoped to kill two birds with one stone – push Russia’s relations with the West to a crisis point and second, scotch the prospects of an early US-Russia presidential summit.
How far all this is linked to Trump’s decision on March 22, finally, to sack McMaster as National Security Advisor is a moot question. By the standards of military people, McMaster has the reputation of being an “intellectual” but the man proved to be a Cold Warrior fit for a museum. The one-star general who was overlooked for promotion by the Pentagon was Trump’s default choice following the abrupt departure of Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.
Michael Wolff narrates a hilarious episode in his book Fire and Fury that during the job interview for National Security Advisor, McMaster tried to impress Trump when he showed up wearing a uniform with his silver star and launched into a wide-ranging lecture on global strategy. Afterward, Trump reportedly remarked, “That guy bores the shit out of me.”
"..neither the Soviet Union nor Russia “ever developed or stockpiled similar chemical weapons.." ??
Please prove this claim first, then we shall consider other claims.
maybe or maybe not they had developed similar weapons but as long as there is no evidence, they can say otherwise. one thing for sure is that they had developed a different kinds of chemical weapon and we will never know if these weapons is similar to Novichok as mentioned.
This seems entirely plausible when we look at history and who has the most to gain from this episode.
US is an expert in making chemical weapons and supplying to other countries. Agent orange in Vietnam and giving chemical weapons to Iraq during Iran/Iraq war; who did them?
of coarse the zionist owned u.s and the other e.u partners are ramping up tensions against russia. russia stands alone aginst the zionist israeli rothchild agenda. the bolshevic chekka are still in power they just transfered the flag to the u.s. back in the late 70s when they saw that they were being exposed for the second time in the cccp. after the co;apse they went to work and stole the wealth of russia ,but vladamir putin knew the score and was strong enough to get control and drive these jewish oligarchs out and saved russia.he still has some but under his control.
Globalists like George Soros the bilderburg group etc. are staging manufacturing a crisis with a false narrative to get America in war against Russia. Russia has been doing in the Middle East what America should have done. It pains me to see America go the wrong direction. Marxist socialists are behind Washington and our country to lead it towards globalism. Patriots and Christians are their threat. So war it is till they can invade us with UN occupation then indoctrination camps. Come get some you pieces of sht.
If you don’t hear it on the MSM, i would pay closer attention to the story. Until the Dark Elite looses its hold on controlling the MSM narrative, i would take any political news among other stories with a grain of salt.
The case has all the hallmarks of a covert operation to blame Russia stir up the Russia phobia in the NATO population. It looks like the US is in panic mood. First this case then the hoax chemical attack, that launched the UK/US/France missile attack. Tragic with stupid politicians, but it is a disaster for the Syrian refugees who might have to await several years more to return to their homeland. Let us hope France, US, and UK take full responsibility and take care of the new refugees due to their criminal actions.
Massive fist of full of salt on this one, and it seems irrational anti-British bias, given claims of a ‘bombshell’ for a case so complex? If it was a joint UK/US op why make it so obvious/detectable. Same could be said of the Russians, except… they at least have track record (Litvinenko). Fact is, unless you are truly expert and very close to the case (so have access to non public info) it is extremely hard to make any strong judgement and certainly not a conclusion. Wherever the substance came from, how it was obtained and who delivered it, there are enormous gaps in information. Anyone public claiming to see through the fog at this stage only damages their own credibility. End of.
I wonder what happened to title of this colomnist! In earlier issues of ATIMES, M. Bhadrakumar was described as as Ambassador…….!
The answer to this lie is "Russia says.. "
Where in this article do they talk about china? your statement need proof anyway, haven’t heard of them killing or warring recently,
Only a damn fool would trust the BBC,Fox,CNN to put forth anything that even resembles the truth,that’s why people are referred to as sheeple for they can’t think for theselves,as Bob Dole said" the American people are like sheep and have to be led"…
Correction. China did not drive tanks over people though most Western reporters there certainly hoped to witness and record that for perpetual spin on the TianAnMen incident. Such a holy grail to them!
There was another incident of a grander scale. The Western supported stooge Yeltsin lined up a row of battle tanks in front of the Russian Parliament, the White House, to flush out law makers that defended their Constituation that President Yeltsin cannot unilaterally dissolve Parliament. A few tank barrages at the barricaded White House by Yeltsin killing and maining estimated 600 trapped inside eventually flushed them out into military trucks that wisked them off to jail.
How do you read the way news are presented to us? Hardly reminded of the Russian White House, while we’re reminded ad infinitum of the image of a TianAnMen protester holding up a column of tanks that was trying repeatedly to go past him.
Robert Ferrin There is no greater fool than the one who sees others as such.
So rare to see MKB taking off his kid gloves. Nice!
I have an idea….
Let the Brits tell Russia "We’re sorry" and let Russia respond only "Give us the Skripals" and once they’re home then let’s hear NO MORE about this …. clusterphück evuh again?
Because really – NO-ONE is looking good.
John Hammond Good morning fool,
This timely article is an appeal to sane and rational US/UK citizens to see through the lies and withdraw their support from the mad US/UK neocons who want to start a war.
Glad to see this post back up again
yes.. back by popular demand but the headline been toned down..in the original, MK was blatant about UK/US complicity.
Neither side’s word can be trusted. We just have to wait and hope for the truth to eventually emerge. And not expel diplomats or bomb factories until it does.
On the surface, neither the Skripal incident nor the most recent Syrian one make sense. Cui bono? Both incidents do more good for Western hawks than for Russia or Syria.
The world is not really controlled, but various powerful actors are trying hard to control it, and having some success, with the help of a supine and desperate media that makes too little profit to afford much investigative journalism.
I see the Ukraine "revolution" as a US-supported coup that deposed an elected president by violence and established a country whose great national hero was a Nazi collaborator who rounded up Jews and Poles for the Gestapo. Lovely.
Welcome to the real face of 1984.
Daniel Berg And that from a Putin look alike?
The West, collectively – are responsible for all wars since the defeat at Waterloo)
Who are the leaders of the push?
They put their money on both sides. Win, Win!
The overall conclusion reached is that the United States most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world.
These victimised countries never attacked the US !!
The truth about Syria, very informative and dead on accurate…
Robert Ferrin US congress et al.. is owned as a job lot by Israel really…open eyes
KS Chin how about Duterte killed thousands because of EJK,with Duterte knowledge and approval..
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