The Salisbury poisoning is intended to find out how close Britain remains to the US, EU and Nato
With friends like this, no wonder Britain has enemies. Even two years ago, it would have been unthinkable that the White House’s reaction to what is essentially a chemical weapons attack on British soil would be to sullenly avoid pointing any fingers. But that is where we found ourselves on Monday. The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, did his best to fill the vacuum left by the tweeter-in-chief by accusing Russia of “outrageous behaviour”. But Donald Trump’s own silence on the question of Russian involvement speaks volumes when you imagine the storm he’d have whipped up had it been Islamic State that was suspected of releasing a deadly nerve agent in an English market town.
The trail of breadcrumbs looks like the chemical equivalent of those sorties Russian jets make into British airspace
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