Since Wednesday afternoon, I have spoken with 10 BBC outlets and Dublin NewsTalk’s Pat Kenny Show about the UK response after Prime Minister Theresa May said the Russian state was “culpable” in the March 4 attack on former spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the rare nerve agent Novichok.
Here’s the latest discussion with BBC Radio London covering a lot of ground: why Russia — if it is culpable — has crossed a line with this attack, the significance of the UK steps announced by the Prime Minister on Wednesday, and the multilateral measures that will be necessary if a guilty Moscow continues to avoid responsibility.
I also spoke with Britain’s Daily Mirror about the situation, in article published on Thursday:
By using Novichok Russia have gone way beyond a line – so if you don’t respond appropriately it looks as if you are giving them a free pass….
The long term success of this strategy depends on well the UK convinces multilateral allies….For the Foreign Office the next few days will be about getting people across Europe, in NATO, and in partner agencies in the US on board.