… from Sputnik News, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: We are seeing the late stages of Western geopolitical strategy descending down to the level of a lynch mob.
Not only do we have a continuous flow of accusations against selected targets with no evidence whatsoever, but even worse, this new attitude that “such is not required if we choose not to share it”.
This is government telling its people to put it on stick and you know what. Yet we see no major backlash in Britain yet, other than the Labor Parry’s Corbyn quickly bringing up Britain’s record of jumping on the Iraq WMD bandwagon, a proven historical psyop against British citizens.
International treaties and obligations to provide evidence were dispensed with by a wave of the hand, which verbally is dealt with by, “We don’t think that applies in this situation”. The thin veil of justification is that, because the event is claimed to be a national security issue, such “obligations” are not controlling, which is nonsense of course.
Why is Britain doing this? Lavrov poses a good reason, and one with more than a little relevance. The UK government is on the verge of being replaced due to its failed economic policies, and with a potentially failed Brexit as the last straw, that could bring the government down.
Britain is not the only country where a variety of pre-planned false flag operations stock a shelf to be used in times of a national political emergency, where a foreign threat has to be introduced to divert attention from the sitting government’s failures.
I can assure you that attacking this Russian defector and his daughter would require no moral hurdle whatsoever.
Not killing them is even better, as when they recover, they will become major advocates of “Russia did it”, even though the ex-agent knows how the game is played – that in reality the British government is the number one suspect. But he could never say that as he knows he would be killed, and that would be blamed on the Russians, too.
Why do I say that, you ask? It is because of motive. There is no reason for Moscow to have done something like this, and plenty for Britain. And second, this is so obvious, that the British media not putting this on the table shows it is actively onboard the psyop.
There are no top media boardrooms anywhere that do not understand that the British government is the most likely suspect here, even if it subcontracted the actual incident out to the Israelis so top British officials can claim that the government had no involvement in the attack. This is more than a white lie, but does reduce the number in potential internal whistleblowers.
The UK track record of Russophobia is carved in stone. And even worse, Moscow has done nothing to provoke this, as frankly, Britain is not worth the trouble, being a worn out ‘late colonial age” power with fantasies that it is still a world power.
The British people need to wake up quickly to this old scam. They do know their history, and have their own Deep State issues. This could get exposed if Corbyn takes power, but the British Deep State would probably kill him to prevent that, with the suitable Russian patsy lined up for the blame. It is a very British thing to do… Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … March 15, 2018 –
The Russian Foreign Ministry and the Kremlin have spoken out a day after the UK prime minister announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats as a response the alleged poisoning of former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview to Sputnik that Russia would “definitely” expel UK diplomats soon, adding that it would take place “soon.”
“[Moscow will be ready to return to a partnership with Brussels] when our European neighbors lose interest in following the US Russophobic tendencies, including sanctions and provocations and when, of course, the interest to put up with the outrageous actions that we are seeing now on the part of the UK government, will disappear, and which go far beyond the bounds of elementary decency.
We calmly respond to all these tricks by the fact that we want to talk with everyone and discuss any problems… but do it respectfully, without hysteria,” Lavrov told reporters.
According to the minister, London’s actions over the poisoning of Skripal were caused, particularly, by the UK inability to fulfill Brexit obligations.
“I think that this story primarily reflects the desperation of the current UK government, especially in the situation where they cannot ensure these promises they made to their population in relation to leaving the European Union,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov expressed hope that Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal poisoned in the United Kingdom recovers and will be able to shed light on the situation connected with this incident.
“This is the fact that Sergei Skripal is alive and his daughter is alive. Probably if, I hope, they recover, they will also be able to shed some light on everything that has happened,” Lavrov said in a statement published by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
At the same time, the minister noted that “no one wants to wait for this” as part of the investigation of the incident, and that everything had already been decided in the investigation into Moscow’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of Skripal.
‘Great Bewilderment’ — Kremlin on UK Response to Skripal Alleged Poisoning
Commenting on the issue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that UK accusations against Russia in relations to the Skripal poisoning case have all signs of provocation, adding that Moscow was puzzled over the UK’s stance on the poisoning of Skripal.
“Russia perceives the position taken up by UK authorities with great bewilderment and incomprehension… The accusations are groundless. Moreover, these accusations were voiced before any information about the substance used emerged, which shows the presence of all signs of a provocation against Russia,” Peskov told reporters.
According to the spokesman, the UK position is irresponsible, “from the point of view of the violation of international law by the UK side.”
“Therefore, we, of course, are concerned by this situation but we will explain our position to the international community patiently and consistently — Russia has nothing to do with the incident which occurred with Skripal in Salisbury,” he added.
According to the spokesman, the Russian president will choose the measures which meet the country’s interests.
UK Not Providing Russia With Materials on Skripal Case
The UK is refusing to cooperate with Russia on the Skripal case, though this is stipulated by a relevant convention, Zakharova said, adding that Moscow has sent London four diplomatic notes to hold talks on the issue but has received only formal replies.
“I would like to inform you that several diplomatic notes have been sent to the Foreign Office via the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom. They sought to launch an active dialogue with officials in London… We’ve received meaningless formal replies,” Zakharova said, adding that a total of four notes had been sent.
Speaking further, Zakharova reiterated Moscow’s call on London to provide access to the documents related to the “incident.” The official noted that so far the UK has refused to provide any sufficient information on the issue, including samples of the nerve agent.
According to the official, the West seeks to link Skripal’s poisoning to the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria.
“After all, what kind of logic was voiced yesterday and what logic is articulated by the so-called expert community? Damascus uses chemical weapons, Russia supports it. The final point in this is that Russia, Moscow, used chemicals in the United Kingdom … This is one of the tracks of this campaign — to link all these elements and to finish the story about chemical weapons in Syria, no one conceals it,” Zakharova told a briefing.
According to the spokeswoman, the recent developments are “a part of a well-thought-out plan.”
The Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman said that the UK had been “pushing” Russian diplomats out of the country via visa mechanisms for several years.
“At a certain point, we have understood that all these developments are intentional and are not of a random nature. The utmost has been done to create obstacles for the activities of the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom’s staff,” Zakharova said at a briefing speaking about the so-called visa war waged by London by refusing to issue or prolong visas for Russian diplomats or by protracting this process.
The diplomat added that the Russian Foreign Ministry had taken a number of steps to settle the issue by bilateral channels and called for “unblocking of this situation.”
“Of course, we have commented on the situation, but we have done it in a very correct manner. If London has decided to make the steps, known by everyone now, then it is true — during a number of years, the Russian diplomats had been literally driven out [of the United Kingdom] and the official UK authorities have created obstacles, including by visa mechanisms,” the spokeswoman said.
Thus, Moscow has no doubt that London has launched an anti-Russian campaign, Zakharova said, adding that Britain’s attitude showed that the “Russophobic hysteria had reached a new level.”
“The head of a state with nuclear weapons groundlessly accuses another country of aggression… and puts forward an ultimatum with a 24-hour deadline… This is reminiscent of a talk show,” the spokeswoman noted.
UK Accuses Russia of Alleged ‘Attack’ on Skripal
The statement comes a day after UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats from the UK since the Cold War over the alleged “attack” on a former Russian intelligence officer, Sergei Skripal.
Commenting on the issue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that it regarded the punitive measures as a gross provocation that undermined the foundations of normal interstate dialogue between the two countries and reiterated the denial of Moscow’s involvement in the alleged poisoning.
In a statement made on Thursday, the UK foreign secretary publicly stated that London had refused to send samples of the substance allegedly used to poison Skripal. He claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly wanted to tell people thinking of defecting from Russia “you do that, you’re going to die.”
Johnson said he was “struck by the smug sarcasm with which the Russians were denying the attack,” adding that it was “obvious,” Russia had illegally hung on to stocks of Soviet chemical weapons.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury after being exposed to what British experts have identified as a Russian-made nerve agent.
Russian officials have rejected London’s claims that Moscow was in any way involved in the incident. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stressed that Russia was ready to cooperate on the investigation but needed to have access to the case materials, including samples of the substance in question.
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They got what they asked us for! 23 diplomats are non-grata since today and have 1 week to go home.
Haber’s Rule, thanks for the insight.
A country without UK diplomats is a merry peaceful and prosperous country. A world without UK diplomats is a next to kingdom of heaven, Mars or Jupiter. Great riddance of that human garbage, a laughing stock of modern world. Those diplomats that worked in Russia can now apply for the job at the malign mother tit like “Syrian” observatory for “human” (western) rights.
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