‘No smoking gun’: Smack in the face for May as EU fails to back British escalation over Skripal
[ Editor’s Note: We have to take this story with a grain of salt because it is not Russia that is not cooperating but Britain, in not turning over a sample to Russia as required under the protocals. The EU document drafters are well aware of that and how important it is.
It is walking the middle road here by not endorsing the Brits’ unproven claims, so if the story blows up there will be no splatter on the EU. All those countries are well aware of Britain’s history of false flags, and when pairing up with the Israelis they are double trouble.
I am waiting for the day when the EU wants to “condemn in the strongest possible terms”, things like NATO ‘s Gladio false flag attacks and its support proxy terrorist groups in Syria engaged in crimes against humanity, and for which we have vast amounts of verification.
Countries, especially coalitions, really stick their necks out when they feign horror over an event like this. Operation Gladio terror rolled on for several decades without any one of the EU governments blowing the whistle that it was NATO making sure the communists would win fewer city and regional elections.
They have remained silent to this day, especially Italy, but not VT. Those murdered by their own governments sworn to protect them still want vengeance … Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … March 22, 2018 –
After former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were exposed to the A-234 nerve agent (also known as ‘Novichok’) in Salisbury, UK Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Russia. Britain said it was “highly likely” to be a Kremlin-backed act of aggression, despite repeated denials from Moscow.
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A draft text from EU talks on the matter has emerged condemning “in the strongest possible terms” the attacks. The phrase was added to the draft text that EU leaders will discuss at a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, which was obtained by Politico.
However, the question of attribution was not changed. The UK has been pushing for the Kremlin to be recognized as the perpetrator. Yet, its allies in Brussels appear to be refusing to cast judgment ahead of the evidence, unlike Downing Street.
The text says: “The EU takes extremely seriously the UK Government’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible. The European Union is shocked at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years.
The use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances is completely unacceptable and constitutes a security threat to us all. The Union calls on Russia to address urgently the questions raised by the UK and the international community and provide immediate, full and complete disclosure of its Novichok programme to the OPCW.”
Diplomats familiar with talks said Greece and Italy did not want the language changed. “They say that there’s no smoking gun, or at least not yet,” said an EU diplomat to Politico. Greece has denied calling for alterations but admitted it lobbied for a more “clear” text.
Theresa May’s team has been hoping for unequivocal world backing, but has not received it. She expelled 23 Russian diplomats from London last week, and has threatened further punishment.
The UK said it was not a snub by Brussels that the language is cooler than last week, especially that used by Germany and France, but said getting 27 countries to agree is difficult.
It is especially damaging for Theresa May after President Putin was praised by Trump in a call after his re-election on Sunday, despite her hopes the special friendship between the UK and the US would see Trump backing her fully.
Jean-Claude Juncker also upset the UK after sending a congratulatory letter to Putin. EU leaders will discuss the new text over dinner at the European Council summit Thursday.
Despite Britain’s allegations against Moscow, Russia has repeatedly insisted that the Kremlin had nothing to do with the attack on former double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.
Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the UK PM’s allegations, saying it was “nonsense and absurd to claim that Russia would do anything like that before the elections and the World Cup.”
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Probably. They have no other ways to stop Russia from revival. Their methods are clear. This is why we deal with far east and asia. To diverce. Russians are fed up with west… The result- Russians do not trust West and consider them as weak and dirty liars. Dirty liars…. Western politics did it. Not ordinary peoples. But we really laught at the west and consider them bandits. Hope, some day, there will be a revolution in the Wash.d.c. Time to awake. USA became a scarecrow, everyone laughs at, no respect, but all (mostly) are trying to keep the distance. The insane man is dangerous.
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There is a guiding clique at the top as you say Peter who are well paid. Then there are the gullible who fall for everything said against Russia, ‘hook, line and sinker’ being what they are – crooks, liars and stinkards and then there are the back-bench gulls who appear like Jackals or circling like sea-gulls over fish trawlers or landfills ready to swoop for their share of the spoils. Isolating Russia is already costing the EU billions against growing resentment while demonizing it is par for the course and discourse of bigots – and we know there are many of those. Trump bringing John Bolton on board is proof positive of bellicose Western intentions and Putin – on the qui vive, is ready for them.
Utmostly nasty story in British tradition. I watched the faces of those who were meeting with May at EU summit. The expressions were true. EU doesn’t want to take part in these British critical days and bachhanalia. The Albion got used to the idea that they are the masters, the exceptional and have all rights above everything, colonialists. But their global actions showed us during 400 years that their exceptionalism dwells only in their own mind. We know that they are criminals and the dirty liars. No trust at all to this anglo-saxon gang. Their deeds and words cost nothing. All years they enforced us to think they are the chosen, smart, democratic and they are the Sirius, and we are the rightless bulls. Don’t play old games with the bear… The bear is awaking, and may come for what belongs to him.
Frankly, sad story, but not new. Day after day the western elites make greater and greater mistakes.
Since 1898 they put the same blackmagic spells on us by their lies, repeating them over and over again. Lampshades, soap, poison, eating little children alive etc. You know their lies. We have to break their spells.
England fully merits the egregious moniker “Perfidious Albion.” The overhyped lie turned invidious propaganda campaign, is meant to demean Russia yet it disintegrates fully, along with the lie, under scrutiny. Feigning accosted patriotism, a peeved Parliament rallied to the call of May, Oxford boy Boris and charlatan Williamson. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party did in fairness, attempt to pour oil on troubled waters. The Westminster reaction recalls Samuel Johnson’s comment: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” (1775). Me, I’d call it: Pulpit Pummeling Parochialism, fine for bamboozling backwater yokels – yet a capital offense in the city and odious among nations.
Brexit will exacerbate the disaster that is Britain – destroyed by the Tory Party heading for the rocks or onto the rocks like the similar sounding Torrey, as in supertanker SS Torrey Canyon, exactly 50 years ago this week – March 18, 1967. It was the world’s worst oil spill and environmental disaster when it hit … hmm … Pollard’s Rock between the Cornish mainland and the Isles of Scilly. A similar and resounding scoundrel to Skripal, Pollard is the traitorous Jew who passed United States top-secret classified information to Israel. Today – at AIPAC’s insistence Pollard would receive the Medal of Honor no doubt, from the United States to match the Israeli one Bibi will surely present him in private. The Torrey Canyon disaster threatened international repercussions too when the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force bombed it despite the fact the ship was not British and was in international waters. The Skripal affair may have been intended to either scupper President Putin’s chances of re-election or more likely prepare the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force to face a potential escalation of the Middle East debacle of which Britain is a primary instigator. The SAA/Russia put paid to that scenario by their lightning offensive against the US backed terrorists in Eastern Ghouta.
Too much Cromwellism and Churchillism has been left unattended for far too long in mainland Europe. Hence is all the trouble about. The social engineering from London always leaves countries and generations ruined.
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