The Russian president’s project is the reversal, at any cost, of a humiliating defeat by the west.
If confirmed as a Russian action, the use of a chemical weapon on British soil would be an act of extreme hostility, suggesting Mr Putin is seeking to demonstrate a capacity to project aggressive power unimpeded around the globe. A similar message was conveyed by the Russian president’s recent speech boasting of new “invincible” nuclear missiles. Some of this is for domestic consumption. He will win the presidential election on 18 March: no other outcome is permitted. But he still likes to burnish his strongman credentials. And repressive regimes must always be advertising their ruthlessness to deter public dissent.
|source: Ambassade russe en Grande-Bretagne|
“No attempt to take innocent life on UK soil will go either unsanctioned or unpunished”, the Foreign Secretary said, as he also accused Moscow of undermining the “fundamental basis of international order” by its past actions in Crimea and through election meddling.Ici comme ailleurs, quel est le rapport entre ce vieil espion transfuge et la Crimée? Aucun, mais peu importe puisque:
Branding Vladimir Putin’s government a “malign and disruptive force”, he said harsher international sanctions could be imposed if it is found to have had a hand in the attack on Mr Skripal.