Salisbury: Lies on a Cosmic Scale

According to experts on chemical weapons, the British intelligence claim that “Novichok” nerve agent was planted in the luggage of Yulia Skripal in Moscow sounds ridiculous. Discrepancies can also be seen throughout the whole story of the “luggage poisoning.” Veterans of foreign intelligence services note the lack of clear evidence of Moscow’s guilt as well.

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

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 the victims in the town of Salisbury. Discrepancies are there for all to see. Earlier it was reported that Officer Bailey was poisoned on the spot where the unconscious Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found, that is, at a shopping center.

The version that London and its allies used to back up their information and diplomatic attack on Russia looks ridiculous from the point of view of experts.

Igor Nikulin, a chemist and member of the UN Commission on Chemical and Biological Weapons (1998-2003), 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 by contact and inhalation, the expert said. In addition, it is a substance with an unpleasant odor, and it cannot be hidden stealthily, unnoticed. The expert noted that during the flight from Moscow to London – four hours long – “this would surely poison the entire plane, or Yulia Skripal herself would have already been poisoned 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. Experts say – perhaps Skripal is alive, healthy, and all this was nothing more than a staged show. Why is no one allowed to see him, why is there no information or evidence provided, why is everything classified and blocked?

Indeed, this has never happened before. When Trotsky was killed, the investigation went “online,” 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 Agca, every day, in all European countries and in Turkey, journalists (and undercover journalists) conducted their investigations, published information, testimonies, exposures, photos – the results of intense work. Then the entire CIA network was disclosed in Turkey, in Europe, in Switzerland – everything collapsed. When Bandera was killed, everything was the same way. Now, apart from the allegations, we do not hear anything.

Experts do not exclude the possibility that the substance was planted in Yulia’s suitcase when she was already in the UK; otherwise the question arises: “Why was no one poisoned during the day, while the policeman who arrived at the crime scene was poisoned within a few minutes or seconds?”

The obvious “defectiveness,” illogicality and unprovenness of the British version 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 fact of poisoning, but categorically refused to assign guilt to Moscow.

The former director of the Israeli special services notes that the logic of the behavior ascribed 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, the Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva suggested that the 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 told in detail about the strange neighborhood of Salisbury where Skripal lived and was poisoned, with the 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 time, while the statement about Russia’s “involvement” began to be broadcast almost immediately after the poisoning.

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

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

Regardless of who is behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, we can say with confidence that the episode is being 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 the “Magnitsky list.” Some have already called it “Skripal’s list” and it’s highly likely 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 many more motives to poison Skripal. The traitor, who was exchanged eight years ago, hadn’t caused a lot of trouble for Moscow.

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