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Lavrov: MSM Coverage of Russian Double Agent’s Alleged Poisoning is ‘Hysterical Propaganda’

Right on cue, the UK media went in to full-blown Russia hysteria following reports of an ex-Soviet spy on a park bench in the quiet provencal town of Salisbury, England. This is not the first time a tabloid-style Russian spy media campaign has cascaded through the mainstream media. 

Previously, 21WIRE reported how British writer William Dunkerley had said how the Litvinenko-FSB-Putin polonium 210 conspiracy theory appears to have been made up. Among his revelations was the fact that the 2006 ‘Putin Plot’ was paid for by exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, an exiled arch-enemy of Putin, hired by London-based PR firm Bell Pottinger (whose motto is, “Creating, Shaping, Selling Your Story”).

Russian double agent, Alexander Litvinenko was apparently poisoned with a radio active toxin in Mayfair, London in 2006.

In addition to this, the brother of the deceased Alexander Litvinenko stated publicly that it was ridiculous to suggest that the double agent was assassinated by Putin.

What’s generally left out of this latest mainstream conspiracy theory is that ex-spy Sergey Skripal had a relationship with the shady British intelligence disinformation agent, Christopher Steele, the man who supplied the fabricate Trump Dossier which was funded by Hillary Clinton campaign.

Skripal, was a double agent for UK Secret Intelligence Services MI6 – meaning he was already a compromised individual on many fronts (and thus could be readily used for a number of purposes).

“It is beyond doubt that he would have known Steele and Steele would have known him,” said Professor Anthony Glees, the director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham.

Based on this connection, it’s more likely that Skripal could have been a player in a British intelligence operation to defame US President Trump.

Regardless of the real story (which we may never know), Russian officials are furious about the western mainstream media’s wild conspiracy theorizing – which is further eroding already damaged East-West relations.

RT International reports…

Dead ex-spy Sergey Skripal worked for British intelligence.

Moscow is prepared to cooperate with a British investigation into the death [in the event of his death] of ex-spy Sergey Skripal, the Russian foreign minister said. He dismissed rumors of the country’s involvement as “hysteria” and “propaganda.”

Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is blamed for everything that goes wrong on the planet, and noted that no facts had been presented to suggest any Russian involvement in the poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter.

“We haven’t heard a single fact, we only watch TV coverage, where your colleagues speak fervently with serious faces that if it is Russia. The response will be that Russia will remember forever. It’s not serious, it’s propaganda at its finest and pressing hysteria,” said the foreign minister, who was speaking at a press conference alongside his Ethiopian counterpart, Workneh Gebeyehu.

Lavrov: disappointed in hysterical western media.

However, Lavrov stated that if British authorities were interested in cooperating with Russia in relation to any case, “be it poisoning of British subjects, be it rumors of interfering in US campaign, if help is really needed, we are ready to look at such possibility.

“However, to conduct such matters, one shouldn’t run to TV screens with baseless accusations, but turn professionally to existing channels, including law enforcement,” he added.

Lavrov added that the frenzy of finger-pointing at Russia sought “parallels” with the case of Alexander Litvinenko. However, the Russian FM pointed out that Litvinenko’s death, also blamed on Russia, hasn’t been fully investigated.

READ MORE: Ex-Russian double agent Skripal & daughter were exposed to nerve agent, police confirm

“I want to remind people that Litvinenko’s death was also attributed to Russia, but hasn’t been investigated, because court proceedings, which were called ‘public,’ were in fact closed. They were carried out in a very strange way, and numerous facts, which emerged throughout investigation, haven’t come into the public domain,” the minister said.

We offered our assistance and cooperation, however British justice decided that they are above this, and it was enough just to come out with a verdict which is not inclusive,” Lavrov added, saying that many facts linked to the tragedy have been “swept under the carpet.”

Those interested in the matter should turn to countries they wish to find answers from, not to “propaganda channels,” Lavrov added.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to a nerve agent, according to UK authorities. The pair were found slumped on a bench outside a shopping center in Wiltshire on March 4. British police say that more than 20 people in total were injured in the alleged attack, which has been described by authorities as “attempted murder.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd stressed that the investigation must “respond to evidence not rumor.” But British media wasted no time in blaming Russia for the incident.

READ MORE: UK investigation into Russian ex-spy Skripal illness must respond to evidence not rumor – home sec.

Skripal worked as a double agent for the UK intelligence agency MI6 and was jailed in Russia in 2006 for spying for Britain, having passed on the names of undercover Russian intelligence agents. In 2010, he was one of four spies released by Russia in a “spy swap” for 10 Russian agents.

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