Lavrov Points to Likely British Intelligence Role in Skripal Poisoning

 British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson (left)

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson (left)

The widespread skepticism of the novichok story coming fifteen years after Tony Blair's UK government joined the Bush 43 Administration in lying its way to war over Saddam Hussein's alleged awesome chemical weapons arsenal is spreading far beyond alternative media and Russian outlets, vindicating the doubts expressed in Parliament by Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. The same Corbyn who is likely to succeed the incompetent, flailing Theresa May and who has been smeared as a Kremlin stooge via photoshopped graphics of him wearing a Russian-style hat in front of Red Square on the taxpayer funded BBC program Newsnight.

Moscow is also building its case that the British government has violated its 1963 and 1968 Parliament-ratified treaty obligations under the Vienna Conventions and relevant articles, denying a Russian citizen in distress, Yulia Skripal, access to consular assistance. Regardless of whether or not Yulia has asked to speak to her embassy and relatives -- and an army of pro-NATO Twitter trolls are insisting as of this hour that she has not -- it's apparent that a UK court hearing convened last month on the incapacitated Skripals' behalf, covered by Australian journalist John Helmer but largely ignored by MSM, (deliberately?) disregarded public facts and Russian media reporting. Either the UK court ruled hastily out of ignorance or engaged in deliberate deception/perjury to protect the British government from charges that it is willfully violating international law in the Skripal case.

Russian media reports at that time and since clearly demonstrated that the Skripals relatives including a cousin Moscow were seeking to contact the victims and/or travel to Great Britain. and inquiring about their status in the hospital through their country's Embassy. Adding to the mystery and signs of possible British Scotland Yard or GCHQ intelligence tampering with cyber forensics was the reported login to Yulia's VKontakte (Russian version of Facebook) account three days after she allegedly fell into a coma and was hospitalized from alleged nerve agent poisoning. -- JWS

FROM EIR DAILY ALERT

Lavrov Points to Likely British Intelligence Role in Skripal Poisoning

April 2, 2018—The issue of likely British intelligence involvement in the poisoning of former Russian GRU colonel, turned British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is increasingly coming to the fore.

Speaking at a press conference this morning in Moscow, TASS reported, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out that British intelligence, “or the government,” were clearly the beneficiaries of the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter. “There are other explanations besides the ones, which our Western colleagues trumpet that only the Russian trace can be considered to be the final verdict,” Lavrov said. He cited experts who observe that the whole poisoning affair “may be advantageous for Britain’s special services, which are known for their ability to act with a license to kill.” Moreover, he emphasized, “this can be also beneficial to the British government which found itself in an inconvenient situation” after failing to negotiate favorable terms for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“Leaders of a whole number of countries are asking questions,” the Foreign Minister stated, and “Britain, I think, will not manage to avoid answering these questions, because they are already only too obvious and it’s only too obvious that our British colleagues have lost their sense of reality.”

From London, Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko similarly charged that London’s refusal to share information on the poisoning has led Moscow to “strongly suspect” that London was the actual perpetrator of the crime. In an interview with Russia’s NTV “Weekly Results” news program, as reported by RT, Yakovenko explained that while Russia has no direct proof, the British government’s behavior constitutes “strong circumstantial evidence in support of this theory.”

Ambassador Yakovenko also pointed out that in order for Theresa May to win support from both the population and the Parliament, she needed a “serious provocation,” and came up with a particularly “savage” one, so as to claim a leading role in the Western campaign to “contain” Russia. But, Moscow will not allow London to escape the legal consequences of its actions, Yakovenko warned. “They will have to give answers,” and bear full responsibility for their actions.

British Empire War Plans Already Backfiring

From LaRouchePAC.com April 2, 2018

The Russian Embassy in London sent a list of 14 questions to the British Foreign Office which, in themselves, demonstrate the total fraud of the British declaration of Russian guilt for the nerve agent attack on two Russian citizens in Salisbury. Among the questions: Why has the U.K. presented no evidence; why have they broken several international laws and protocols to prevent access to the victims; what antidotes did the U.K. have on hand for the nerve agent, and how did they obtain them; do they have a control agent of the so-called Novichok; has the U.K. developed the agent themselves?

But also included in the list of questions is the revelation, not previously known, that the French are deeply involved in the investigation. Why, the Russians ask, and on what grounds? What U.K. legislation or international protocols allow for the French to be engaged in an attack on Russian citizens on U.K. soil, and what have the French been given access to?

Similar lists of questions went to the French Foreign Ministry and to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

These are questions which can and must be taken up by all interested parties -- and it can be definitively stated that every person on Earth is an interested party when the British are provoking a conflict between nuclear powers.

President Trump has continued to say nothing against Russia since the scam was launched, including in his rally in Ohio last week, while he held a long productive phone call with Putin without mentioning the phony charges against Russia. Although he did allow his administration to take the drastic measures against Russian diplomats and to close Russia's consular facility in Seattle, the war-party spokesmen in both political parties and in the press are furious that he won't personally join in the hysteria against Russia.

The Chinese took note of Trump's personal silence, while Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang called on Russia and the U.S. to resolve the issue: "Russia and the U.S. are influential countries in the world, who share big responsibility for the world's peace and security. We hope they will appropriately solve the dispute via dialogue based on equality and mutual respect."

The absurdity of the British accusations, claiming certainty with absolutely no evidence, in a manner which pushes the world into an existential crisis, comes at a time that President Trump is emphasizing the destructive results of an earlier British scam -- Tony Blair's launching of the Iraq war based on similar lies, provoking destruction across Southwest Asia and the mass exodus from the multiple war zones, leaving millions homeless and aggravating the economic crisis in Europe with a mass refugee crisis. George W. Bush and Barack Obama swallowed the British lies gladly, willing to commit crimes against humanity to prove their allegiance to the Mother Country.

Not so President Trump, who repeatedly points to the $7 trillion wasted in these illegal and unjustified regime-change wars, killing thousands while the U.S. physical economy was rotting. He could (and should) add that speculators in London and on Wall Street were simultaneously looting additional trillions from the real economies of the western nations.

India is increasingly working directly with China and Russia on productive investment projects, both among themselves and in third countries, especially in Africa. The work is being integrating through the international New Silk Road project initiated by Xi Jinping, and long promoted by Lyndon LaRouche.

On October 10, 2009, Lyndon LaRouche delivered an address to the Seventh Annual Session of the Rhodes "Dialogue of Civilizations" Forum in Greece, defining an agreement of the "Four Powers" -- Russia, the United States, China, and India -- as the necessary combination required to end the global economic destruction unfolding across the West. These four great nations, he said, must "agree, as a group of countries, to initiate and force a reorganization of the world financial and credit system -- under those conditions, with long-term agreements, of the same type that Franklin Roosevelt had uttered before his death, in 1944, under key nations, the intention of Roosevelt all these years later, could have been realized, and we could do that, today."

This insight, and this program, is even more urgent today, but it is also more possible, due to the New Silk Road paradigm sweeping the world, and the potential that President Trump will carry out his intention to work with Putin and Xi Jinping to achieve this new paradigm. All patriots, and all citizens of the world, must act to this end.