Skripals 2.0 or How Britain prepares for the final of the World Cup

05.07.2018

After all, it was "Novichok". The British police counter-terrorism service said that the poisoned couple in Amesbury was injured by Novichk's exposure. The same neuromuscular substance, which in March was used against the Skripal family.

A 40-year-old man and woman were discovered by the British police in an unconscious state. After the couple were taken to a local hospital, doctors diagnosed a strong drug intoxication. Then they began to assert that this is the result of the influence of drugs, not drugs, but of an unknown poisonous substance. The British media, anticipating or, perhaps, knowing what will happen next, dubbed the event a "big incident".

Mindful of the history with Skripals, experienced observers probably already assumed that the next detail in the incident should be exactly "Novichok". Not only because the incident occurred about 15 minutes from Salisbury.

The fact is that the case of Skripals that did so much noise after a string of exposures by the Russian Foreign Ministry, some Western media and the confessions of Czech President Miloš Zeeman began to gradually fade. Not only that Moscow went on the offensive in the information war, so London did not bring any serious evidence justifying its position. In addition to becoming a meme, the expression is highly likely. Former Soviet and English spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia continued to be held as hostages,  Russian embassy was never allowed to get in touch with their injured citizens. The only evidence was a staged Julia interview at the end of May, in which she stated she was unwilling to contact the Russian Foreign Ministry.

From time to time, with the help of the media, the British establishment made efforts to prevent the topic from sailing away. In parallel with poisoning in Amesbury, The Sun reported two suspects who "left the United Kingdom the morning after the attempted murder and are now under the protection of Vladimir Putin."

At the moment, the British police are investigating the incident in Amesbury for its connection with Salisbury, that is, with the "Skripal case". But something suggests that such a link Scotland Yard will certainly find. The situation is almost the same. The injured are in the same hospital as the Skripals.

For the completion of history, it remains to point a finger at Russia, and then send at least another dozen Russian diplomats, hoping for the same gesture of solidarity from NATO allies. Especially from the US and Sweden. In London, painfully apprehended news that Donald Trump will meet with Vladimir Putin. And the Swedish leadership unexpectedly gathered for the matches of its national football team, although it had previously promised to boycott the 2018 World Cup.

Recently, respected Western editions like Foreign Policy and The Atlantic, as well as individual German media, warned that Putin was allegedly preparing a serious offensive after the finals of the football championship. By analogy with the Olympics in Sochi, after which followed the so-called "Annexation of the Crimea". For some reason, Western experts and journalists do not ask themselves the question: Why would the Kremlin spoil the positive image, so hard earned during the championship?

Timing diplomatic and military-political conflicts for sporting events is the method of the "Brits" and "Uncle Sam". The Beijing Olympics proved to be a convenient cover for NATO's strike in Georgia, and Sochi-2014 for the preparation of EuroMaidan. Unlike those tournaments, the Anglo-Saxons decided to act in the frontal at the World Cup. The strike now wants to be inflicted not on Russia's allies, but directly on the Kremlin itself.