U.K. Admits Russia’s Alleged Guilt in ‘Skripal Case’ Based on Assumptions

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Originally appeared at Sputniknews

The conclusion that Russia is to blame for Skripal’s poisoning was based not only on nerve agent laboratory data but partially on information, received from the intelligence, the UK Foreign Office stated.

According to the Foreign Office, the UK has information that Russia has produced and stored a small amount of the poison gas.

A British Government spokesperson said Porton Down’s identification of Novichok was “only one part of the intelligence picture”.

“This includes our knowledge that within the last decade, Russia has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents probably for assassination — and as part of this programme has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichok; Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views former intelligence officers as targets. As the Prime Minister has set out in a number of statements to the Commons since 12 March, this includes our knowledge that within the last decade, Russia has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents probably for assassination — and as part of this programme has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks,” he noted.

London also took into consideration “Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views former intelligence officers as targets.”

“It is our assessment that Russia was responsible for this brazen and reckless act and, as the international community agrees, there is no other plausible explanation,” the Foreign Office statement read.

Earlier in the day, Sky News reported that Porton Down experts are unable to identify the precise source of the nerve agent that was used in poisoning the former Russian agent, but that it was a military-grade nerve agent.

“We were able to identify it as Novichok, to identify that it was a military-grade nerve agent. We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to the government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to,” Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down stated.

Relations between the UK and Russia have seriously deteriorated over the Salisbury nerve agent attack in which former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter were seriously injured.

The UK side has declared that this substance is similar to the Novichok-class nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has blamed Russia for organizing the attack and expelled 23 Russian diplomats as a punitive measure. A number of countries have supported the UK claims and expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats.

The Russian side has denied all the accusations and suggested participating jointly in the investigation. However, Moscow’s request for samples was ignored. Moscow in turn also expelled Western countries diplomats and ordered the British Council to stop its activities in Russia in response to London’s move.

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  • Pave Way IV

    May should have been bitch-slapped the second she called it a military grade nerve agent. The MI6 charade was already off the rails at that point. The goy were on to you – you should have just shut it down. Why embarrass the whole country by prolonging the awkward, failing attempt at a false flag?

    • FlorianGeyer

      Any Military grade nerve agent that has not killed the victims after about 3 weeks as we see now is a Nerve agent from a bygone military age where swords were used.

      Unless its the Ukrainians of course. :)

  • Eskandar Black

    Awkward, when someone is caught making claims they can not substantiate, creates an international incident involving 30+ countries, and then says, well i suppose it is based on assuming the conclusion. British wont apologize though, because they never admit they are wrong, being wrong and never admitting it is as British as the Beatles, James Bond and the Buckingham Palace. Russia should continue to shame UK over the incident and demand apologies they will never receive. Theresa May should become infamous, like Collin Powell with a vile of ‘proof.’

    • FlorianGeyer

      A vile woman with a vial of fake proof.

  • Merijn
    • FlorianGeyer

      The UK is controlled by zionist paedo’s.

      • Merijn

        From now on We are All Free to Accuse Anyone from the UK for any Crime He or She Did or Did not Commit….They are All Guilty until Proven Innocent….It’s their Own Law that they Recently Fabricated…

        • FlorianGeyer

          Exactly. Napoleonic Law that Emperor Macron also wished to adopt :)

          • Merijn

            I already love it….think of all these People we can throw in jail..no need for evidence… nothing…Great..

          • FlorianGeyer

            I think its more humane to throw them into an asylum.

            A very deep coal mine would be ideal.

  • John

    pffffffffft, yeah right

  • Vitex

    If Porton Down could identify it, they could also make it. I also consider it laughable to suggest that other countries like England and the US and Israel don’t conduct political assassinations. Let’s see now:

    JFK

    David Kelly

    Gerald Bull

    Google wikipedia’s “list of Israeli assassinations”

    http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/britains-secret-assassinations-programme-extended-kill-list/

  • paul ( original )

    How about a third option ? I don’t care.

  • goingbrokes

    What is “military grade”? Perhaps a nerve agent designed to kill instantly. Only it didn’t. Dad’s army at it again! Britannia rules the waves…
    One thing is becoming clear from all this – British intelligence agencies are very incompetent.

    • as

      Yeah just like how almost half or more USA citizens manipulated into choosing Trump by the savvy psychological warfare expert of Russia and the bloated perverted three digit intelligence outfit failed to notice anything.

      • Ronald

        The whole thing is just a side show to divert attention away from the “Facebook Confessions” with the harvesting of the data of more than 50 million Americans.
        All this time since the election claiming “the Russians did it”, only to find out Facebook, a CIA product did it.

        • KennyB

          If any country should be investigated for meddling in the US elections, it’s the UK, not Russia. Firstly there was the fake report from Christopher Steele that the Democrats used to con the FBI into getting FISA warrants to spy on Republicans. Then there was the whole Cambridge Analytics/Facebook data operation used to target swing voters. That looks a lot like the “hybrid warfare” that Russia is accused of, but it was done in the UK.

    • KennyB

      Yeah, they should have called in James Bond to do the dirty deed. Instead, they sent Johnny English.

  • Aphelion

    “…as the international community agrees, there is no other plausible explanation”. I’m sorry, but even they must know that is total BS. There are a small number of countries, mostly NATO members and their close allies, whose governments agree – which of course still does not mean everyone living there agrees. Outside those countries, most are extremely skeptical of the UK explanation. In fact, I am yet to meet someone where I mostly travel for my work (Middle East, Africa, some parts of Europe) who does NOT think this is some sort of UK or NATO operation aimed at damaging Russia’s reputation with a whole bunch of “positive” side-effects from their perspective, including a better environment for Brexit negotiations and further justification for defense spending. What does Russia gain from this? A nice warm fuzzy feeling that a forgotten ex-spy has been “eliminated” despite the massive diplomatic fall-out?

    • KennyB

      You are not supposed to apply logic to this. It was the Russians, because the always truthful and honest British Government SAYS that it was the Russians.

      Yeah, like Tony Blair passionately told us that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction ready to attack the UK at any moment. It’s the “Trust us! We’re the experts!” mindset. No we won’t! We can all see that May, Johnson and Williamson are totally out of their depth, flailing about like people who don’t know how to swim.

      And the sad thing is that the obedient media just copy and paste the official story. No investigations, and don’t step outside the line we’ve drawn for you. The Ministry of Truth has spoken, and do not question what they say!

  • KennyB

    Let’s unpack that statement. Porton Down, the UK’s Chemical Weapons Lab is one of the sources of the claim that RUSSIA did it? Hmm. Some of us can read. The scientists at Porton Down initially flat out refused to give the UK government the “evidence” that they wanted. Hence the wishy-washy statement that a nerve agent “of a type developed by Russia” was used to attempt to kill Skripal. Now we have Porton Down changing their tune somewhat. Did the MOD threaten them with the David Kelly option?

  • qveenz

    Now this is bull-shit: as Russian engineers already explain Novichok is chemical weapon index and norms designed to be built up on sight using civil quality technique.

    Well, where did they found Novichok of military quality ?

  • Ariel Cohen

    What an embarrassment the UK has become. I am ashamed to be a Briton now, thanks to our subservient leaders who bow to Zionazi overlords in trembling and fear .. . whatever happened to the great world power that made the nations tremble for 200 years? Now it has to reach up to kiss a Zionazi cockroach ankle …

  • David BlackBeard

    Aftelt it’s all ends and UK Will apologies for this bullshit that they made , Russia should expel all UK diplomats and don’t let them coke back …

  • KennyB

    https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/04/07/skirpal-russia/

    One way of making someone sick that doesn’t require special equipment or chemicals. Given the claim that the incident took place at Skripal’s front door, it may be on the right track.