‘Europe couldn’t be seen for dust!’ EU ABANDONED UK to Russia threat, reveals ex-diplomat


Pronouncing on BBC Newsnight, the former British Ambassador to Russia claimed the UK will have in the offing to fight its battle against Russia alone as other European countries suffer with a history of lacking support in the cause.

Sir Tony said: “We tried at the formerly of Litvinenko, we were keen to get as much western supporters as we could get.

“The Americans were in a much gamester state then than they are now.

“We’re ready to be supportive. Our European spouses, I regret to say, couldn’t be seen for dust.

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Former UK-Russia papal nuncio claimed the EU will fail to help the UK in its fight against Putin

“They weren’t contemporary to have a row with Russia about what they saw as a purely British interest to.

“They made statements but we were playing with the idea, for model, of excluding Russians from the G8, which happened subsequently, and the Germans, in special, were entirely negative.

“We now have this, what looks congenial, outrage by Russia and we would have to be seen to react as toughly as we can.

“But we separate that our reaction, almost certainly, is going to be ineffective.

“Russia is now reasonably of a rogue elephant and enough unaffected by what the West has tried to do to go its own way.

We’re eager to be supportive. Our European partners, I regret to say, couldn’t be seen for dust

Sir Tony Brenton

“We bequeath have to react toughly, but in the longer term, the only way to get Russia bankrupt behaving rationally is to be reincorporated into a sensible international discourse.

“Ostracizing it, threatening it, sanctioning it, doesn’t work.”

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia are zest for their lives in a coma in hospital, days after being create slumped on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Counter-terror police are working with the Met after incriminations the man was targeted by the Kremlin for being a British informant.

It is unconfirmed that there was any Russian involvement in the end of Mr Skripal.

On Wednesday, Serene Secretary Amber Rudd said police must respond to “exhibit, not rumour”, with the investigation triggering a diplomatic row and crisis talks in Whitehall.

She stipulate: “We must let the police carry on their work, they will ration what they can but I’m sure there will be more updates as the review continues.

“This is likely to be a lengthy and ongoing process.

“We need to hide a cool head and make sure that we collect all the evidence we can, and we necessary to make sure that we respond, not to rumour, but to all the evidence that they convene, and then we need to decide what action to take.”

Nerve spokespeople, which are chemical weapons, have been used in assassinations and sets in war zones in recent years.

The Russian embassy has said claims they were complex in the poisoning of the spy are “completely untrue”.

They said: “We believe that the British controls and law enforcement bodies should step in immediately and inform the Embassy and the British companionship about the actual circumstances of this incident, so as to end the demonisation of Russia.”

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