British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday released new facts about the Russian nerve-agent attack on UK soil back in March. Is the West too distracted by its own divisions to do much about it?
The attack didn’t kill its target, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, but it did sicken him, his daughter and two other unlucky Brits — one of whom died.
The new info includes the aliases of the two Russian agents: Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, now charged with murder (though Moscow will never extradite them).
The evidence, May noted, shows that both are active officers in Russia’s military intelligence, the GRU. The operation, she said, “was almost certainly approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state.”
Britain will present its Russia findings at a UN Security Council meeting Thursday, and May hopes the European Union will follow DC’s lead and add new sanctions against Russia. But the EU may be too peeved over Britain’s coming exit to do the right thing.
London and Washington have expelled scores of Russian diplomats over the attack, but mounting evidence of the Kremlin’s guilt requires more. Despite other turmoil May and President Trump have on their plates, they and their allies must do more.
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