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13.04.2018

Embassy’s comment on the letter of Mark Sedwill to NATO on the incident in Salisbury

We have taken note of the letter by Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill to NATO Secretary General Mr Jens Stoltenberg published on 13 April. This piece is a further demonstration of the lack of any evidence of Russia’s involvement in the Salisbury incident.

The whole case against Russia is built on three elements: the identification of the chemical substance, artificial assumptions and conclusions regarding “track record” and “motive”, and unverifiable “intelligence information”.

As to the substance, it is now common knowledge that any modern laboratory is able to produce it. The OPCW report adds nothing in this respect.

As to the motive and historical record, Mr Sedwill says nothing new and repeats well-known allegations that we have commented upon elsewhere.

As to the “intelligence”, we should remember that UK secret services have a huge track record of misleading the government and the public, with disastrous consequences. However, this time, they are offering such an unbelievable picture that nobody will be misled. Here are some immediate questions to Mr Sedwill’s letter:

- In September 2017, the OPCW certified full destruction of Russia’s chemical weapons, in the presence of UK representatives. If the British government had information about Russia’s alleged secret chemical programme, why didn’t they raise the matter at that point?

- If the UK has for years had information on Russia “investigating ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles”, why didn’t the Salisbury investigation team check the door handle on Mr Skripal’s house in the first instance, but spent several weeks studying the bench, the car, the pub, the restaurant, etc.?

- How could British intelligence possibly learn that “GRU cyber specialists” targeted Yulia Skripal’s e-mail accounts in 2013? Does this mean that they had been monitoring her communications ever since her father moved to the UK?

Overall, the very fact of sending this letter today means that before, UK had not provided NATO allies even with this pathetic level of information. No wonder many of them start questioning their hasty decision to expel Russian diplomats out of the wrongly understood solidarity.

Boris Johnson has once advised: when you are losing an argument, throw a dead cat on the table. As the official Salisbury case is falling apart, we can expect more dead cats from the British intelligence.




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