UK Reveals Suspects to Not Let Skripal Case Languish in Archives – IR Scholar

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On Wednesday, the Met revealed the identities of the alleged suspects in the purported poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. UK police claim the two individuals are officers from Russia’s military intelligence service, GRU.

The UK police released images and CCTV footage of two individuals suspected of attempting to assassinate Sergei Skripal, and according to Mark Galeotti, a political scientist and Russian security expert, this was a necessary step for London.

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In an interview with the French outlet Libération, Galeotti suggested that Moscow-London relations had hit rock bottom, and couldn’t deteriorate further.

London has promised to carry out cyberattacks against the GRU.  […]The public will never know whether these attacks were actually conducted or not. It is mainly a rhetorical arsenal that is being deployed. I don’t think that there will be any new major sanctions. We are bogged down in a semi-cold war moment,” Galeotti said.

At the same time, the analyst believes that the latest developments in the investigation of the Skripal case are aimed at distracting Britons from Brexit.

“But it is also London’s attempt to refresh the memory of its allies six months after the events took place and not to let the Skripal case languish in the archives. The British authorities have known these names for some time,” he…

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