The British Blitzkrieg Failed
News agency Skynews reported that experts from the British laboratory at the Port Down could not identify the country which produced the substance that ex-colonel GRU Sergei Skripa was poisoned by. The article also contains the words of the head of the research center Gary Aitkenhead. He believes that the UK government has drawn conclusions about the country producing the nerve gas, based on "a number of other sources." Many experts believe that the results of research by British chemists have put London in an awkward position in the eyes of its European allies. In that case why did the British government headed by Teresa May decide to risk their reputation and hastened to accuse the Kremlin of organizing the assassination without waiting for the end of the investigation?
Highly likely Britain needed to urgently organize a loud resonant case to divert public attention from the internal problems due to Brexit. The government initially incorrectly calculated the scale of losses and could not develop a competent strategy. According to the forecasts of specialists, the UK exit from the EU will seriously damage the country’s economy, which will lead to fall of the reputation of the current government. However, thanks to the influx of anti-Russian hysteria, a certain success was achieved. So against the backdrop of the growing "Russian aggression" the committee of the House of Commons on Brexit decided to suspend the process of England's withdrawal from the European Union. In addition, the Conservatives managed to consolidate their positions by scandal around the Skripal case and now they can use anti-Russian rhetoric for aggressive pressure on opponents from the Labor Party. Labor leader Jeremy Corbin was under heavy criticism after he called on Teresa Mei to provide convincing evidence of Moscow's involvement in the assassination attempt. The current prime minister exacerbates the situation to the utmost intimidating citizens with fictional Russian aggression.
In parallel London uses the "Russian threat" to argue the growth of NATO defense spending. Currently, the amount of European countries’ military budgets is about 270 billion euros. However, using imaginary Russian aggression, Great Britain is able to force other countries of the alliance to increase military spending to 2% of GDP. In this case, the budget of the military bloc will be about 400 billion euros, which is ten times higher than Russia's military budget.
Thus the case of Skripal is clearly provocative. Apparently official London tried to conduct a powerful and resonant information campaign aimed at distracting the English public from internal problems. At the same time, the main tasks strengthening the political positions of the British authorities both within the country and in the international arena were achieved The bet was placed on the transience of events. It explains Therese May and Boris Johnson’s bright accusations toward Moscow. However the English blitzkrieg failed. London did not expect that the Russian authorities would be able to properly assess the situation and in time to organize a competent response. Just after the report of specialists from the "Port Down" laboratory the British authorities’ charges began to crumble.