FROM EIR DAILY ALERT
Lavrov Points to Likely British Intelligence Role in Skripal Poisoning
April 2, 2018—The issue of likely British intelligence involvement in the poisoning of former Russian GRU colonel, turned British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is increasingly coming to the fore.
Speaking at a press conference this morning in Moscow, TASS reported, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out that British intelligence, “or the government,” were clearly the beneficiaries of the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter.
“There are other explanations besides the ones, which our Western colleagues trumpet that only the Russian trace can be considered to be the final verdict,”
Lavrov said. He cited experts who observe that the whole poisoning affair “may be advantageous for Britain’s special services, which are known for their ability to act with a license to kill.” Moreover, he emphasized,
“this can be also beneficial to the British government which found itself in an inconvenient situation” after failing to negotiate favorable terms for Britain’s exit from the European Union.
“Leaders of a whole number of countries are asking questions,”
the Foreign Minister stated, and
“Britain, I think, will not manage to avoid answering these questions, because they are already only too obvious and it’s only too obvious that our British colleagues have lost their sense of reality.”
From London, Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko similarly charged that London’s refusal to share information on the poisoning has led Moscow to “strongly suspect” that London was the actual perpetrator of the crime. In an interview with Russia’s NTV “Weekly Results” news program, as reported by RT, Yakovenko explained that while Russia has no direct proof, the British government’s behavior constitutes “strong circumstantial evidence in support of this theory.”
Ambassador Yakovenko also pointed out that in order for Theresa May to win support from both the population and the Parliament, she needed a “serious provocation,” and came up with a particularly “savage” one, so as to claim a leading role in the Western campaign to “contain” Russia. But, Moscow will not allow London to escape the legal consequences of its actions, Yakovenko warned. “They will have to give answers,” and bear full responsibility for their actions.