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Moscow: UK MoD ‘intellectually incompetent’
March 16, 2018, 9:41 am

Russia’s defense ministry has fired back at remarks by UK defense secretary Williamson [Xinhua]

The Defense Ministry in Moscow has fired back at UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson characterizing him as having “an extreme degree of intellectual impotence” for saying Russia “should go away and shut up”.

On Thursday, Williamson made his statement during a press query about Russia’s response to allegations it was involved in the murder attempt of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.

Skripal and his daughter were found slumped on a park bench on March 4, poisoned by a deadly nerve agent from a batch known as Novichok; they are in critical but stable condition.

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said while Williamson’s remarks are considered hostile, he believes the UK secretary of defense to be a “nice young man. He probably wants to get a place in history by making bold statements.”

He added that Williamson probably lacks upbringing, but that Moscow was not offended by his remarks.

Earlier in the week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said it was highly likely that Russia was behind the Skripal case and demanded a response from Moscow.

Since then, the two countries have engaged in a spat over the case, with Russia saying it had nothing to do with Skripal since he resided in the UK.

Moscow has demanded that London provide a sample of the nerve agent to be inspected under the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Lavrov Calls For Joint Investigation

Russia also said it would expel 23 UK diplomats in a reciprocal measure to London’s announcement on Wednesday it would expel 23 Russian diplomatic staff.

London also said that it had suspensed all planned high level bilateral contacts and would implement a boycott by ministers and the royal family of the FIFA World Cup in Russia this coming June.

On Thursday, France, Germany and the US weighed in on Russia’s involvement in the Skripal case:

“We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, abhor the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, UK, on March 4, 2018,” a joint statement said.

But Russia says it does not possess the Novichok nerve agent having scrapped all chemical weapons programs of the defunct Soviet Union in 1992.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

2 Responses to Moscow: UK MoD ‘intellectually incompetent’

  1. Roacheforque Reply

    March 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I chortle with glee at the unshakable maturity of Moscow. Have you heard? You are now responsible for attacking the US energy grid.

    Britain’s obedience to the special relationship is truly fit for an epic Shakespearean irony. An intersection of comedy and tragedy where the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” awaits.

    This we learn from the flower of understanding …

    • pat Reply

      March 31, 2018 at 12:03 am

      “You are now responsible for attacking the US energy grid.”

      Well it is about energy, it is about oil and petrodollar. And to be more precise about the demise of the petrodollar. As more and more countries want to ditch the petrodollar, the USD risks to lose its global reserve currency status. This is why Russia has such sanctions and why America uses the North-Korean crisis as a indirect message to China. Both China and Russia want to buy oil and gas in other currencies than the USD, and America tries to hurt them… America is afraid to see its hegemony on the World collapse.

      When you look at it all the countries that tried to ditch the petrodollar and did not have sufficient military power were all attacked by the US and her laquais. To that you can add the death or rather execution of Total’s CEO that wanted to buy gas in Euros.

      The world will be a more peaceful place when America loses its hegemony on the world.

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