If Chief executive John F Kennedy’ s 1963 assassination had been handled as the Uk government has done with the Skripals’ poisoning ( Editorial , 15 March), lots of Soviet diplomats would have been removed, trade arrangements and contacts with all the Soviet Union would have been terminated, and Soviet ships docking with US ports would have likely already been seized. After all, Kennedy’ s claimed assassin had resided in the Soviet Union and had long been married to some Soviet citizen. And, since a few months earlier the alleged assassin occurred to have visited a Cuban consulate in Mexico to apply for a australian visa – which he was refused – the US embargo on Cuba would have likely been tightened. In order to his credit, President Lyndon Manley – unlike Britain’ s international secretary, Boris Johnson – required an investigation and avoided voicing any kind of conclusions beforehand, while refraining through pressuring allies to blame the Soviet government.
There are many queries on the Skripal case that should have answers, that only a thorough analysis can provide. Why was Mr Skripal living in Salisbury, and did this individual have any recent dealings along with MI6, the British repository associated with chemical or nerve agents considered located nearby, or Russian mobsters? Did Britain not long ago stock the particular nerve agent novichok and (if so) what controls were in position at the time of the incident? Was Skripal re-enlisted by British intelligence to help or spy against diplomats or maybe the Russian government? What motive might the Russian government have just for eliminating a former intelligence officer who had been supposedly inactive, living a living of quiet retirement? And – regarding sovereign rights – do MI6 not violate Russian sovereignty when it recruited Mr Skripal as being a spy – in Russian place? Why would the poisoning become carried out barely a week before Ruskies presidential elections, and would it not reveal negatively on Mr Putin’ ersus candidacy? Could it be more than mere chance that the British government’ s failing to advance the Brexit negotiations impacted its handling of the Skripal situation?
Teacher emeritus, University of California, Irvine, US
• Corbyn is absolutely right to call for a criminal query into the horrific nerve agent strike in Salisbury. If only the reaction to the attack in the US on eleven September 2001 had been treated being a criminal attack rather than the opportunity for battle it is hard to imagine that we would take the terrible and terrifying circumstance that we now face globally. Certainly a call to slow down plus consider the evidence carefully is exactly what exactly is needed.
• You can find few things as dangerous like a weak person trying to appear solid. Corbyn is right to be sceptical associated with May. If she sees this particular as her Falklands moment – the chance to turn round her serious unpopularity and domestic failures – she could lead us straight into an abyss. This is a time regarding cool heads, not knee-jerk response and bluster.
• The Russians may be the prime potential foods for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury yet where is the hard evidence? In Feb 2017, North Korean dissident Betty Jong-nam was killed by a neural agent at Kuala Lumpur airport terminal . The poison used has been VX, which was developed in the UK throughout the 1950s. Does this mean that Betty Jong-nam was killed by Uk agents? That would be nonsense. Sadly there are various countries that have the capacity to develop neural agents. Some of those countries may have the vested interest in seeing a return towards the cold war. We need our politics leaders to take considered decisions depending on facts rather than conjecture and politics opportunism.
Beverley, East Yorkshire
• The PM has declared that one of her follow-up escalations in the present political crisis with Russia may be to withdraw the Britain football team from the upcoming Entire world Cup. I’ m just wanting to know what mandate would she need to do this? When the Thatcher government within 1980 tried to stop British sportsmen going to the Moscow Olympics, the sports bodies almost unanimously said that a chance to meet and compete with other sportsmen was more important than being used like a short-term political pawn. Perhaps somebody can provide some legal clarification about this proposition.
• If the government truly believes there is a Russian hit squad on the roads of Salisbury, and wishes to create its members and collaborators in order to justice, what is the logic behind deporting 23 potential suspects?
• Margaret Hodge’ s i9000 article ( We don’ t need to be a haven for kleptocrats , 17 March) is very revealing from the disparity in the treatment afforded in order to wealthy individuals and the ordinary people associated with Britain. I was unaware that plans using Scottish limited partnerships permitted, essentially, anonymous financial transactions to consider place within the UK.
In contrast, dealing with simple financial issues relating to the estate of our late mother-in-law required my wife to supply passport copies, bank statements plus driving licence among other files simply to register an interest, as doer, in bank, savings accounts as well as other small investments. Omission of anybody is unacceptable and legal commitments made clear before processes can be sophisticated. Banks’ fear of accusations of money washing and the law correctly make for fervent treatment of the ordinary citizen.
It beggars belief the government are already resistant to changing the rules equalising issues. Why is it they allow hot-money transactions to have favourable anonymous standing? Are well-placed powerful individuals suggested as a factor in these and similar schemes plus able to frustrate fairness to maintain their particular financial advantage? Is our country so impoverished and needy associated with foreign cash that a blind attention is cast?
• The particular tit-for-tat response by Putin’ ersus administration to the UK’ s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats for your attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter on British soil is both unsurprising plus depressing. The expulsion of twenty three British diplomats by Russia in exchange is one thing, but the loss of the particular British Council is another and on a totally different scale. The British Authorities reached over 19 million individuals in Russia (over 13% from the population) in 2016-17. The authorities promotes the English language plus culture in Russia and has involved 30, 000 teachers in its program. This has led to a far greater understanding of The uk in Russia and has increased appointments from Russia to the UK and it has helped increase trade between the two countries.
The particular knee-jerk response from May’ h government would, therefore , appear to have got backfired. Nobody is condoning the actual Russian secret serves have apparently done, but surely Britain’ s i9000 Russian ambassador and similar specialists should have warned Mrs May from the consequences of her actions plus encouraged her to take a more regarded and subtle response to this issue. I hope this is not the start of a new chilly war between the countries. Only a boost in mutual understanding and in sports activities events and in anything which provides the countries together will create a better relationship. May’ s reaction has had the opposite effect.
• Jeremy Corbyn comes under fire for suggesting that will attributing the Skripal attack in order to Russia requires a careful study from the evidence prior to reaching a definitive bottom line that the attack was state-sponsored. Nevertheless , while it does seem unlikely that will Russia is innocent in this issue, Corbyn’ s comments invite problem “ Could anyone else have done this”? In contradiction to the official placement that only one Russian laboratory actually produced them, it now seems that within the general scientific local community these novichok agents have been very extensively studied. In order to do this, obviously they have also been synthesised by these types of researchers.
It grew to become clear that this must be the case whenever Porton Down managed to identify the particular obscure and (supposedly) previously abandoned agent relatively quickly. This pointed out that they must have had detailed spectrographic “ fingerprints” available to them. While obviously this might have been available to them via top-secret defence research, it turns out that they can simply have reached out to the internet.
As it happens, two Iranian scientists helpfully provided this specific information to the scientific community a year ago . Their motives of course had been entirely benign. They wanted to help in the detection of the use of WMD and novichok agents that hadn’t previously been fingerprinted for this purpose. All of us therefore have clear evidence these agents were already known to the particular wider scientific community and had already been synthesised. Indeed, the scientists worried have published a detailed research document in which they helpfully show exactly how they did it. In case two researchers in a standard lab can do this, it’ s difficult to believe the government assertions that just a nation state could have produced these types of agents.
Unfortunately, just like atomic weapons, there’ s simply no putting the genie back into the particular bottle. We have to live with the consequences. Just, therefore , by severely punishing The ussr for this incredibly irresponsible action, may a message be sent to other country states, who increasingly in recent years have demostrated themselves willing to flout the worldwide conventions on the use of chemical plus biological weapons. We will also have to place a much closer watch on the precursors for these new agents.
Cookham Rise, Berkshire
• Disappointing in the Guardian to have the headline “ Traditional western allies rally to UK… ” (16 March). Don’ t you believe it’ s time we lowered these cold war and even more historic precepts of a distinct west plus east, deriving in parts through much older traditions of Roman and Barbarian, Greek and Local etc . I am sure some allies within the geographic east are equally appalled by Russia’ s alleged activities on UK soil. These simplified labels only serve to reinforce a good “ us and them” method of the world which works against general opinion and inclusive political dialogue – something we could use much more of such days.
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