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Much Ado And Nothing

16.05.2018 10:12

Andrew Beyzer

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Great Britain once again refused to give a visa to the niece of former GRU Colonel Sergey Skripal Victoria. The decision of the Ministry's representatives was justified by "the discrepancy between the submitted application and the requirements of the migration rules".

At this time, British intelligence agencies continue to adhere to the chosen course on limiting the contacts of the double agent's daughter, Julia Skripal, who was discharged from a hospital in Salisbury and sent in mid-April to a closed hospital on the territory of the military base. This circumstance makes us think about the reasons for this "behavior" of the British special services and about the reasons for not allowing a cousin to Yulia. We can conclude that they have "inconvenient" facts that must be hidden from the public.

In addition, according to the British media, Sergey Skripal since his the exchange and release from prison in 2010 had time to hold meetings with representatives of special services of several European countries. In this case, tabloids note that such a "cooperation" of Skripal with "enemies of Russia" could serve as a weighty pretext for "Russian revenge". However, these attempts to find at least some clues of Moscow's guilt in the Salisbury incident only confirm the absence of serious evidence from the British investigation. Instead of undertaking a thorough investigation, the UK government continues through controlled media to replicate information "throws" about the allegedly new circumstances of the "Skripals case", often referring to anonymous sources.

Against this background, the European allies of London are gradually beginning to realize the haste of anti-Russian actions that took place immediately after the poisoning of the former GRU officer. At first, the unanimous opinion about Russia's unconditional guilt, promoted by the UK, is gradually weakening. This was confirmed by the desire of the leading continental European states to restore the dialogue with Moscow to the previous level. Thus, in April, German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially confirmed Germany's participation in the implementation of the Nord Stream-2 gas project, at the end of May President Emanuel Makron will visit St. Petersburg to participate in the International Economic Forum, and the new Italian government, headed by the center-right coalition intends to establish close contacts with the Russian parliament.

Thus, despite the anti-Russian hysteria raised by Britain, which caused the "diplomatic war" with the mutual deportation of diplomats, the degree of tension begins to subside. In such circumstances, Britain may find herself in isolation in her attempts to take a tough stance on the "Skripals case". Obviously, the London provocation, expecting to receive political dividends, did not bring the expected results. And now, in the absence of a "Russian threat", the British government will have to return to the existing problems of the country - the difficult negotiations on secession from the European Union and the elimination of contradictions  within the British parliament...