The Cold War is heating up again. After a former spy was poisoned while at dinner with his daughter, western experts pointed to the likelihood of a state sponsor. The tactics reminded many of the KGB, and the nerve agent used to poison the pair has been traced back to its maker. Now, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is warning that we may be vulnerable, too.
On March 4th, someone attempted to assassinate a former Russian intelligence agent and his daughter in a quiet cafe in England.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council that Vladimir Putin’s government has a proven record of working with countries that deploy chemical weapons like VX gas against civilians.
“Russia failed to ensure Syria destroyed their chemical weapons program. Russia killed the joint investigative mechanism when it found Assad liable for chemical attacks.”
“Russia used its veto to shield Assad five times last year. It has also provided cover for Syria in the Hague at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” she added.
“The Russians complained recently that we criticize them too much. If the Russian government stopped using chemical weapons to assassinate its enemies, and if the Russian government stopped helping its Syrian ally to use chemical weapons to kill Syrian children, and if Russia cooperated with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons by turning over all information related to this nerve agent, we would stop talking about them.”
Haley then spoke of what was at stake. “If we don’t take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place that we see chemical weapons used.”
“They could be used here in New York or in cities of any country that sits on this council.”
Even Donald Trump appears to think this is a Russian assassination attempt.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah spoke aboard Air Force One today. “As the president said yesterday, it certainly appears to be like Russia, and Russia did commit this act, based on all the evidence that Britain has available.”
“The president did tell the prime minister on the phone yesterday [that] the United States does stand 100 percent with our ally UK on this matter.”