Tuesday, 18th September 2018
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Cold war reheated

The nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has without a doubt ratcheted up tensions between not only the United KIngdom and Russia but also the entire Western Alliance. Such a blatant attack using nerve agents has not been seen on European soil since the Second World War and is being directly attributed by the British as a direct attack by the Russians. British Prime Minister Theresa May has already brought to a halt high level relations between the two countries as well as expelling 23 Russian diplomats. Russia has denied that it was involved in the attack on Sergei Skirpal and his daughter and has said that it will respond in kind to any and all restrictions that the British will place on them as a country. For the moment it looks as if there is going to be a series of tit for tat expulsions by the two countries but the most interesting thing to see will be how long will things go on for and just how bad they will get. The attack using nerve agents in Salisbury is just one of the latest high profile incidents that has involved Russia and it's leader Vladimir Putin. Going back to 2006 there was an attack using nuclear poison on a Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko who eventually died from the poisoning. Although in that case the attack was directly linked back to the Kremlin just four diplomats were expelled and although there might have been a lot of noise about it very little was actually done. You have to wonder what might have happened in the future if the British Government came down harder on the Russians. Speaking to the media this week Marina Litvinenko, widow of Alexander Litvinenko, said that in her opinion that this time around the Government was not being harsh enough on the

Russians and needed to go further. That is the fundamental question in what has happened in Salisbury, if the Government has satisfied itself that it was the direct target of an attack on it's soil then why aren't they coming down harder on the Russians? Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has come out and warned caution saying that it isn't 100% certain that it was the Russians that did the deed.

Although he might say this it seems that on the other hand the Government, who you would expect to have much more information on what is happening, seems to be completely sure that the Russians are the culprits no matter how much they say that they aren't. Now with Britain getting backing from the United States, France and Germany it seems that the entire affair might just take on more of an international outlook but how much those countries will be willing to back the U.K. is yet to be seen. The one thing that is certain is that tensions between Russia and the West are at a stage that haven't been seen since the Cold War.


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