No proof against Russia in Skripal case

Summary

No proof against Russia in Skripal case.

Disproof

Bellingcat and the Insider can confirm definitively that both “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” are active GRU officers. This conclusion is based both on objective data and on discussions with confidential Russian sources familiar with the identity of either one of the two persons.

Bellingcat can confirm the authenticity of the leaked passport file of “Boshirov”, and that it contains all three markings that helped identify “Petrov” as a security-service asset: “Top Secret” annotations, a blank biographical page referring to a secret attached letter, a “do not provide information” stamp, and issuing authority unit 777001, exclusively used for state VIPs and intelligence officers. In addition, “Boshirov” also has no recorded history prior to the issuance of his domestic ID passport in 2010 (2009 in “Petrov”’s case). See further debunking by the Bellingcat: www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/09/20/skripal-suspects-confirmed-gru-operatives-prior-european-operations-disclosed/,

As Novaya Gazeta pointed out, the phone number in one of the suspect's documents leads directly to the Ministry of Defence, under which the military intelligence operates: https://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/2018/09/14/145085-novaya-gazeta-obnaruzhila-dopolnitelnye-dokazatelstva-vozmozhnoy-svyazi-cheloveka-obvinyaemogo-v-otravlenii-skripaley-s-ministerstvom-oborony-rossii

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  • Reported in: Issue 119
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack
  • Outlet: Vesti Nedeli @ Rossiya 1, 49:30
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Donbas is Russian territory as well as Transcarpathia is Hungarian

The region of Donbas in the East of Ukraine is a territory of Russia as well as Transcarpathia in the West of Ukraine is a territory of Hungary.

If we ask that Russian people in Ukraine to leave their land, the graves of their ancestors and then come here, then it will be a treason. The Hungarians, who are protecting their land and their citizens by issuing of Hungarian passports (to the ethnic nationals in Ukraine), are acting absolutely right!”, said Konstantin Knyrik, editor-in-chief of the pro-Kremlin news agency “News Front.

Disproof

Russia's actions in Ukraine are a clear violation of international law. Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter declares without ambiguity that "all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations". UNGA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum. The UN rejects attempts of Russia or any other state to change the state boarders of Ukraine.

A video has been produced by the White Helmets civil defence group and showing “three versions” of a staged attack

The agreement [between Putin and Erdoğan] also thwarted an alleged plan to stage a chemical attack and lay the blame for it at the door of the Syrian government.

A video has been produced by the White Helmets civil defence group showing “three versions” of a staged attack.

 

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Disproof

No evidence given. Another round of disinformation about the White Helmets preparing a staged chemical attack in Syria started spreading on August 25 by the Russian Ministry of Defence; see latest cases on White Helmets: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=

Russia, backing President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, has been preparing for an offensive on the city of Idlib. After Putin’s talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told reporters there would not be an offensive now. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-putin-erdogan-hope/russia-and-turkey-agree-to-create-buffer-zone-in-syrias-idlib-idUSKCN1LX1BU

The West uses Ukraine to destroy Russia like it used the Nazi Germany to destroy USSR in 1938

The West wants to destroy Russia, just as it did in 1938 through the Munich Agreement, by using the Nazi Germany. Now it uses Ukraine as a “battering ram” to destroy “our country”. The West also does this through sanctions, political pressure and NATO exercises, said Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the magazine ‘Natsionalnaya oborona’, member of the Public Council under the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on sanctions and West's aggression. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sanctions&disinfo_issue=&date= euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77319&date=

Between the years 1939 and 1941, it was Soviet Russia who was Nazi Germany's ally - the two countries simultaneously invading Poland. Later during WWII, Soviet Russia, the UK, the US and many other countries were the allies in an anti-Hitler coalition. The 1938 Munich agreement had nothing to do with Soviet Russia.