By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Things are getting real and fast with Russia. Not only are we still ticked at them for meddling in our elections, which they’ve done for decades, they now are on the verge of going to war with most of the planet. Last week, 21 people in Britain fell ill when a nerve agent was used on a double-agent and his daughter in Britain. People around them also fell ill and hundreds had to wash their clothes. Whole sections of the city are being cordoned off.
A second attack killed another double-agent in Britain a few days ago. Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov was discovered dead with ‘strangulation marks’ on his neck on Monday night by daughter Natalia Glushkova in New Malden, South West London. There is no cure for the nerve agent used on the first victims and it is specific to the Russian government. It was designed to be as painful as possible and to gradually cripple its victims that don’t die immediately from coming into contact with it.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Wednesday the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats (read spies) from the United Kingdom following the suspicious nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter — the largest such expulsion since the Cold War. Not only that, Russia’s assets in the country have been frozen. President Trump is supporting Theresa May in this move. In fact, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, had just warned Russia, Iran and Syria this week that we are on the verge of striking Syria again for using chemical weapons against their own people.
When Putin heard all this, he literally smirked. Of course, they denied it and said that Britain would do well not to threaten a nuclear power. They are promising retaliation in kind and beyond, whatever that means. It is said that Britain is considering launching a cyber war against Russia over this and invoking Article 5 at the UN requiring all NATO nations to expel Russian diplomats and spies. That’s just the beginning.
Russia feels emboldened after Obama’s weakness. They have allied with China, Iran and North Korea and war is very close now. It’s something I have warned on for years and now we are here facing off with the New Axis of Evil. The Cold War is about to go red hot. “The British government made a choice for confrontation with Russia,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
May made the announcement hours after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how the military-grade nerve agent, which was developed by the former Soviet Union, came to be used against ex-spy Sergei Skirpal and his daughter, Yulia. They were found unconscious on a park bench. “All who have been identified as declared intelligence officers: they have just one week to leave,” May said. “This will be the single biggest expulsion for over 30 years and it will reflect the fact that this is not the first time the Russian state has acted against our country.” And there’s the rub… Russia has been causing trouble all over the planet for a long time. They are so arrogant they figure no one will retaliate. That will only play for so long.
Additionally, May said no British officials or members of the Royal family will attend this summer’s World Cup in Russia. She also announced a range of economic and diplomatic measures, including a decision to cancel all high-level bilateral contacts with Russia. I believe the US will follow suit on this particular move and the tensions will ratchet up immensely.
“[Russia’s response to the deadline] has shown complete disdain for the gravity of these events,” May said, adding the Kremlin has offered “no credible explanation” for how the Russian-made Novichok nerve agent was used in the attack. “This represents an unlawful use of force against the United Kingdom,” she said, noting Russian officials have treated the incident with “sarcasm, contempt and defiance. It must be met with a full and robust response,” May said. Frankly, May is showing far more backbone than I expected here. Good for her.
An invitation for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Britain has been canceled. The US should immediately kick out all Russian diplomats we have not already told to get out. All embassies should be shuttered and accounts frozen as well. May also said Britain would clamp down on murky Russian money and strengthen its powers to impose sanctions on abusers of human rights. “We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents,” May said, without giving details. That’s not strong enough, but it’s a start.
Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said Russian broadcaster RT could lose its UK license if Theresa May’s government determines that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England this month. Since they are a propaganda outlet for Russia, they should lose their license and be kicked out of Britain. RT, or Russia Today, is a round-the-clock news network that is funded by Vladimir Putin’s government and runs eight TV channels including RT UK broadcast from London. Russia said there would be reprisals for any move to close the UK-based Russia Today news channel, a measure that May might ask the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, to consider as one of her measures. “Not a single British media outlet will work in our country if they close Russia Today,” said Zakharova. So be it.
May said that while many Russians who have made the United Kingdom their home and abide by the laws, “those who seek to do us harm, my message is simple; you are not welcome here.” The Russian ambassador in the UK warned to expect a retaliation for the expulsion of the country’s diplomats. Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko told Sky News the United Kingdom’s actions are “unacceptable” and Moscow considers them a “provocation.” “This is a really serious provocation,” he said. Look for Russia to expel British diplomats in retaliation and close their embassy there.
Moscow has refused to comply with Britain’s demands unless the government provided samples of the poison collected by investigators. And even then they are saying it does not matter. They made fun of the Brits over it. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday that Russia “rejects the language of ultimatums.” The arrogance is mind-blowing here. I’ve long warned about the Russians and many scoffed at it. Well, now they are beginning to see the Russkies sans their collective mask.
Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition in a hospital in Salisbury, southwestern England more than a week after they were found collapsed on a bench. Even if they come around, they will never fully recover. For them, the rest of their lives will be a living hell. That could be any of us.
European Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday the attack was “most likely” inspired by Moscow and announced he would put the issue on the agenda at an EU leaders’ summit next week. They’ll do nothing as usual, but it doesn’t matter. The wheels of war are now in motion. They can either begin to defend themselves or die in the coming confrontation. What Russia did in Britain was nothing less than an act of war.
Pres. Trump on UK nerve-agent attack. "It sounds to me like they believe it was Russia, and I would certainly take that finding as fact…as soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia, or whoever it will be." https://t.co/1V4WCh5F1T pic.twitter.com/OZImiQUbGk
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 13, 2018
Theresa May told MPs that two dozen so-called diplomats who are in fact spies will be kicked out in a bid to stop Vladimir Putin meddling in Britain. She’s right… they are. The Russians are great at spying and stealing… it’s what they do. But just as in America, Britain has her own Russian apologists like Jeremy Corbyn who suggested that Russia might NOT be behind the attack and compared the investigation to claims about Saddam Hussein’s WMDs. The Brits have their own enemies from within.
May also announced:
- New laws to help Britain defend itself from all forms of hostile Russian activity.
- Flights and goods from Russia will face extra checks to stop ill-gotten gains entering the UK.
- All planned talks with Russian officials, including a visit from the foreign minister, are canceled.
- Assets belonging to Putin’s government will be frozen to stop them being used for wrongdoing.
- Suspected spies could be detained at Britain’s borders like terrorists under new powers.
- The UK’s allies France, Germany and the US are in full support of her tough stance.
The alliance against the New Axis of Evil is forming with the US, the UK, France and Germany seemingly coming together. May warned Putin that Britain will not stand alone, revealing that Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have promised to present a united front against Russian atrocities. Overnight, leaders from Poland and Australia added their voices to the chorus of support for Britain, raising the chances of a coordinated global response to Russia’s atrocities. The board is being set for a world war and the lines are now being drawn.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 14, 2018
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 14, 2018
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 14, 2018