There is a logical course of action if the Salisbury poisonings were approved at a senior level of the Russian state
After six months of painstaking investigations, the police and security services have produced convincing evidence to support the government’s claim that the Russian state was responsible for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March. The question now, for ministers and Britain’s allies, is what else should be done, in addition to steps already taken, to punish the regime in Moscow and ensure such outrages are not repeated.
From the moment it emerged that the target was a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and that novichok, a sophisticated, Russian-developed chemical weapon, had been used, there was never any serious doubt that Russian intelligence services were involved. The attack, which badly injured Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, recalled previous assaults on Russian citizens on British soil, notably the murder with radioactive polonium of Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.