Salisbury – Lies of a Cosmic Scale

Republished at the request of Newsfront

According to experts on chemical weapons, versions of the British intelligence that “Novichok” nerve agent had been planted into the luggage of Yulia Skripal in Moscow sound ridiculous. Mismatches can also be seen in the whole story of the “luggage poisoning”. Besides, veterans of foreign intelligence services note the lack of clear evidence of Moscow’s guilt as well.

London put up another narrative of Russia’s involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. The Telegraph newspaper, citing its own sources in the British intelligence, reported: the luggage of an ex-GRU officer and a British spy’s daughter could be the cause of poisoning. According to the British newspaper, the woman’s things and gifts that she was carrying to her father from Moscow to London, could be impregnated with a nerve agent. British secret services claim that the poisonous substance could have been planted in the Moscow apartment of Skripal’s daughter.

The publication also claims that these things could have caused the poisoning of Nick Bailey, a policeman who was the first to visit the house of victims in the town of Salisbury. Mismatches of the versions are there for all to see. Earlier it was reported that Constable Bailey was poisoned on the spot where unconscious Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found, which was at a shopping center.

The narrative that London and its allies use to reinforce the information-diplomatic attack on Russia looks ridiculous from the point of view of experts.

A chemist, member of the UN Commission on Chemical and Biological Weapons (1998-2003), Igor Nikulin, pointed out the apparent absurdity of the reports about “poisoned luggage from Moscow”.

“The nerve agent ‘Novichok’, which, according to London, was used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal, is a super-toxic substance. Two grams of it would be enough to poison 500 people. How was it transported, in an open form, or what? This is completely unrealistic”, the expert explained.

It works both in a contact method and inhalation, the expert said. In addition, it is a substance with an unpleasant odour, and it can not be hidden stealthily, unnoticed. The expert noted: during the flight from Moscow to London – which is four hours – “this would surely poison the entire plane, or even Yulia Skripal herself would have been poisoned already in her apartment in Moscow”.

The chemist notes: it is very suspicious that policemen without gas masks and any other means of protection as well as some bystanders were standing close to the poisoned Skripals at the spot where they were found.

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Experts say – Skripal is alive, healthy, all this was nothing more than a staging and show. Why is no one allowed to see him, why is there no information or evidence, everything is classified, closed? And indeed, this has never happened before. When Trotsky was killed, the investigation went “online”, if to speak in modern terms: news of the investigation was printed every day. When there was an attempt on the Pope in 1981 committed by a Turk named Ali Ağca, every day in all European countries, in Turkey, journalists (and plainclothes journalists) conducted their investigations, published information, testimonies, exposures, photos, results of hard work. Then the entire CIA network was disclosed in Turkey, in Europe, in Switzerland – everything fell down. When Bandera was killed everything was in the same way. Now, apart from the allegations, we do not hear anything.

Experts do not exclude that there is a possibility that the substance was planted in Yulia’s suitcase already in the UK, otherwise the question arises: “Why was nobody poisoned during the day, while the policeman who arrived at the crime scene were poisoned within a few minutes or seconds?”

The obvious “lameness”, illogicality, and unprovenness of the British version of events is the reason that even allied countries are not rushing to join London’s call. In particular, Israel did not join the “statement of four” – the leaders of Great Britain, the United States, France, and Germany, said former director of the Israeli special service “Nativ” Yakov Kedmi. He noted that Britain demanded from its allies support on two counts: condemning the poisoning and condemning Russia as the “culprit”. Israel only condemned the very fact of poisoning, but categorically refused to point out the guilt of Moscow.

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The former director of the Israeli special services notes that the logic of behavior incriminated to Russia looks rather strange. “The value of the defector is in what information he owns. Everything that Skripal knew and everything he gave to the British side, he told the Russian investigation back in 2004,” recalls Kedmi.

Recall that the previously known Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva suggested that a “Porton Down” laboratory located near Salisbury may be involved in the organization of Skripal’s poisoning. The same laboratory was engaged in the analysis of the substance found in the body of the defector. Many media outlets paid attention and reported in detail about the strange neighborhood of Salisbury where Skripal lives and was poisoned, with a chemical laboratory in Porton Down.

And many experts agreed that it is impossible to determine what specific substance was used and to pick the necessary antidote in such a short period of time, when the statement about Russia’s “involvement” began to sound almost immediately after the poisoning.

Even if it is still “Novichok”, then there is another interesting fact: The journalists managed to find in the archives of The New York Times newspaper an article dated May 25th, 1999, in which it was reported that Washington and Tashkent had concluded an agreement on the disinfection work of production facilities of the State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology. The poisonous substance “Novichok” was developed there.

If Britain intends to seek the truth in this matter, it should involve Russian experts, present some evidence, for example a container where gas was stored, and such statements (as PM Theresa May made) still look dramatic, but are not backed up by any real evidence.

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Regardless of who is behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, we can say with confidence that the episode is used to pressure Russia. Thus, the head of the British Foreign Ministry, Boris Johnson, agreed with Interior Minister Amber Rudd on the development of a new draft of sanctions against Moscow on the principle of “Magnitsky list”. Some have already called it “Skripal’s list” and with a high degree of probability the name will take root. It is also likely that London will boycott the World Cup, which will be held in Russia this summer.

In other words, the British side had much more motives to poison Skripal. However, the traitor, who was exchanged eight years ago, hadn’t caused Moscow a lot of trouble though.

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