While Americans have been fighting to keep their 2nd Amendment rights, some things have been happening on the Russian front. On March 4, Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in Salisbury, England. It was discovered that they had been poisoned by a nerve agent called Novichok. England, the US, France, and Germany blamed Russia, and the UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats. The US increased sanctions on Russia – in particular the people and entities named by Robert Mueller as meddling in the 2016 US elections. The US also accused Russia of hacking our electric grid.
“The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned 19 Russian individuals and five Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election and engaging in cyber-attacks. The announcement was made by the Department of the Treasury and includes the 13 Russians who were recently indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.” Fox reported.
In other words, the diplomatic tension between Western nations and Russia is extremely high and appears to be growing.
The nerve agent Novichok was developed by the Russian Military. Some believe a gift given to Yulia was impregnated with the dangerous substance. Not only she and her father were poisoned, but the police officer who initially tended to them was also poisoned. The Skripals both are still in critical condition, “fighting for their lives.”
Novichok is the name given to a series of nerve agents that Russia claimed were the most lethal on the planet from 1971-1993. They have never been used on the battlefield…at least that anyone knows of. The chemicals were designed to be undetectable by 1970s-1980s methods, and to defeat NATO protective gear.
For its part, Russia is blaming the US and Great Britain:
“The Americans had access not only to the technology, but had access to its development. In all likelihood, their NATO partners from Britain also had this access.” Alexei Chepa, deputy chair of the Russian parliament’s foreign-affairs committee
“I’m afraid Russia would be the last country to have any motive. But the other countries, they have much stronger motives, including Great Britain. This guy, he was arrested, he was sentenced, he served his term, he was pardoned and expelled from the country…What’s the use for Russia to assassinate him in this way, just on the eve of the presidential elections, and when the world soccer championship is approaching?” Grigory Logvinov, Russian Ambassador to Australia
What’s the use of any assassination attempt by Russia? There have been many. It is likely that Putin knew of this attempt, according to Admiral Lord West of the British Royal Navy. Stepping wisely and carefully at this time was his recommendation in light of Russia pouring money into their nuclear weapons programs.
Most experts believe that more must be done against Russia in order to prevent them from their nefarious activities in the United States. But Russia is not North Korea- they have real nuclear weapons and the capability to deliver them. Moving strongly, yet carefully at this point in time may be more important than we think.