What the Skripal Attack Exposed About Russian Tradecraft

By Nick Fishwick

Nick Fishwick CMG retired after nearly thirty years in the British Foreign Service. His postings included Lagos, Istanbul and Kabul. His responsibilities in London included director of security and, after returning from Afghanistan in 2007, he served as director for counter-terrorism. His final role was as director general for international operations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that two Russian nationals accused of poisoning British citizens in an attempted assassination of a former military intelligence officer, are just ordinary citizens themselves and not Russian agents.

British Prime Minister Theresa May begs to differ.  May told Parliament last week that the two Russian suspects are “officers from the Russian military intelligence service” whose actions had been approved at “a senior level of the Russian state”.

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