U.K.-Russia

War of nerves

Print edition : April 13, 2018

Members of the emergency services in protective gear on March 13 working near the bench in Salisbury where the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious after they were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. Photo: Henry Nicholls/REUTERS

This CCTV grab shows Sergei Skripal at a shop in Salisbury on February 27. Photo: ITN/AP

Purportedly a photograph of Yulia Skripal taken from her Facebook account on March 6. Photo: Yulia Skripal/Facebook via AP

Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons on March 14, the day she announced the largest single expulsion in over 30 years of Russian diplomats identified as being “undeclared intelligence officers”. Photo: AP

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, responding to the Prime Minister’s address to Parliament on March 14. Photo: REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Moscow on March 18. Russia came increasingly into the spotlight in the U.K. following the Brexit referendum when questions were raised about potential Russian interference in it. Photo: Sergei Chirikov/AP

The U.K. government’s investigation into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter has so far raised more questions than answers, but that has not stopped the U.K. and its main Western allies from ramping up the rhetoric against Russia.
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