B0ycey wrote:I still don't think the Kremlin did this. I do believe that nerve gas has been compromised and lost within Russia - and I suspect Russia know this and will not admit this.
Any lab in the world with the knowledge of the chemical structure could have made the toxin:
And while the agents were invented in the Soviet Union, other labs with access to the chemical structures would be able to manufacture them too.
Since this type of nerve agent was first revealed by a Russian defector in 1992, labs worldwide have had 25 years to reproduce these substances. The British would not have been able to detect it, if they hadn't known the chemical structure.
Because no standard test exists for Novichoks, defence officials may have taken fluid from the Skripals’ spinal cords, isolated the acetylcholinesterase enzyme, and analysed the structure of the nerve agent attached, says Boland. Western intelligence agencies probably have knowledge of the exact Novichok structures, allowing them to detect a match, he says.
B0ycey wrote:But I don't think they would be so sloppy to use there own traceable weapons for what was a prisoner once - especially when they could have used a more deadly poison.
Video footage show Skripal walking around a supermarket without body guard. If the FSB would have wanted to kill him, they could have hired anybody to kill him with a kitchen knife or by hitting him over the head with a stone, then steal his wallet and make it look like a mugging. Nobody would have been the wiser. Nobody would have been able to prove FSB involvement.
Killing somebody with a rare Russian nerve toxin is like leaving the name card of the FSB next to the corps. That makes only sense for somebody who wanted to implicate the FSB and Putin, which leaves us with Western intelligence services and/or Russian dissidents. The aim is obviously to increase tension between Russia and the West.
Talking about hunches and feelings. This is most definitely conspiracy, but does anyone else think the daugher tried to poison her father?
If it had been a family feud, she would have used some other means. The average citizen without secrete service or Mafia connection doesn't have access to the chemical formula.
She had just come from Russia to visit her father in the UK. One scenario could be that she carried the nerve toxin for a deal her father had arranged to supply the toxin to a 3rd party and that they made a mistake in handling the substance.
But the most likely scenario is still that the spooks cooked up something with dissidents or the Mafia to make Putin look bad before the election and to increase tension between Russia and the West.
There are many EU countries that want to scrap the Russian sanctions. Now, that the UK is leaving the EU, the strongest advocate of maintaining the sanctions will be gone. In other words, the cold warriors need other ways of generating conflict.
Putin simply doesn't have any motive to use this very special substance for an attack on the UK. The demonstration of the nerve toxin, like the nuclear bomb at Hiroshima, is not necessary because it is well known by secrete services around the world.