Russian-UK crisis: Just a ‘symptom’ of degrading relations between London and Moscow


Britain has accused the Russian superintendence of carrying out a chemical attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British dregs, plunging UK-Russia relations into crisis.

Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, make been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4 when they were develop slumped unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in Salisbury.

British Prime Envoy extraordinary Theresa May on Tuesday said that the incident was a state-sponsored attempted down after evidence showed that the ex-spy and his daughter had been attacked hating a “military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia,” before egg oning Moscow to explain what had happened or face sanctions.

Mr Bret indicated France’s Europe 1 radio on Wednesday: “Was it a slip up? A manipulation? What is steady is that the Skripal affair is the symptom of the slow but sure degradation of the relations between the Pooled Kingdom and Russia.

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Theresa May portended the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats following the attack on Sergei Skripal

What is determined is that the Skripal affair is the symptom of the slow but sure degradation of the links between the United Kingdom and Russia

Cyrille Bret

“Novichok – the worry agent used against Mr Skripal – was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s and can contrariwise be produced by highly specialised scientists and requires the kind of safety escapes normally only found in government laboratories.”

He added the use of the nerve instrument reinforces suspicions that the Kremlin had orchestrated the attack.

The Russia knowledgeable added that while it was still too soon to accuse Vladimir Putin’s authority of poisoning the former double agent, the succession of incidents involving Russian city-dwellers living in exile in the UK was “troubling”.

He said: “This is not the first time that a Russian exile go wests in England. There are precedents, such as the death of [ex-spy Alexander] Litvinenko in 2007 and the destruction of [Russian oligarch] Boris Berezovsky in 2013.”

Mr Bret added that the British management was right to threaten sanctions against Russia over the attempted slaughter.

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Experts believe the Skripal affair is a symptom of the slow abasement of UK-Russia relations

He said: “Mrs May must come across as intransigent if she is to defend Britain’s sovereignty.”

He added the most “symbolic” sanction would be to pass over the upcoming World Cup in Russia, a suggestion which has already been buoyed by several of the UK’s allies.

He said: “We are entering a zone of uncertainty.”

The nerve decry sparked an outpouring of condemnation from European leaders, who pledged to “foundation” Britain if asked to do so.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday doom doomed the “unacceptable” attack, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel alleged that she was taking the British government’s views on Russian involvement very seriously.

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