The Skripal Poisonings and the Ongoing Vilification of Putin
Date Written: 28/03/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22604
Pinning the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter by a nerve agent on the Russian state makes little sense, and is an attempt by the West to futher villify Putin who actually had little to gain by ordering such an action.
In all the outrage, expressed in Britain and elsewhere, about this attack, there is precious little analysis. The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said, "This is nonsense. This has nothing to do with us." The group of military-grade nerve agents called Novichok have been described in academic literature such that many different actors could produce Novichok. The Russians say they have long since destroyed their stocks and suggest the Czech Republic could be the source of the substance used.