Boris Johnson Threatens World Cup Boycott If Russia Behind Mystery Spy Incident

Just hours after a former Obama administration official tweeted a news story blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for swaying Italy's weekend parliamentary election in favor of Euroskeptic parties (of course the strong gains made by the Five Star Movement had nothing to do with Italy's massive debt load or its 38% youth unemployment rate), UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson told MPs in the House of Commons that Russia is a "malign and destructive" force and promised it would be "brought to heel" following the suspected poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal.


The elder Skripal, 66, and his daughter, who is in her 30s, were found collapsed on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury, South England, on Sunday. Both are in critical condition and are being treated at Salisbury Hospitals. They were discovered by a 33-year-old woman who was known to the both of them.

Per Reuters, Britain will respond robustly if proof of Russia's involvement is discovered.

"There is much speculation about the disturbing incident in Salisbury, where a 66-year-old man, Sergei Skripal, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious," Johnson told parliament.

"While it would be wrong to pre-judge the investigation, I can reassure the House that should evidence emerge that implies state responsibility, then her majesty’s government will respond appropriately and robustly."

UK police are still working to try and pinpoint what "unknown substance" harmed the Skripals. Officers discovered the pair, who had no physical injuries, at the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, per the BBC.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden said the "major incident" response from the attack didn't amount to a counter-terrorism investigation, but that multiple agencies were involved, repudiating reports that the investigation had been taken over by counterterrorism officials.


Skripal, a retired Russian military intelligence officer, was jailed for 13 years by Russia in 2006 after he was outed as a double-agent for the UK and convicted of passing the identities of Russian intelligence agents working undercover in Europe to the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6.

Johnson also told MPs that the Skripal case had "echoes" of the death of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, another former Russian spy who had defected to the UK.

He added that "no attempt to take innocent lives on our soil will go unpunished," while accusing Russia of trying to undermine the international order.

"Russia has challenged fundamental basis of international order," Johnson said..."this house has profound differences with Russia."

Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, has said she won't comment on the case because of the ongoing investigation.

Skripal was granted refuge in the UK eight years ago after he was one of four prisoners involved in a spy swap between the US and Russia. The substance used has not been formally identified by Public Health England.

If Russia is behind the attack, England could even pull out of the upcoming World Cup in retaliation of Russia Behind Salisbury incident.

"And for my own part I think it will be very difficult to see how...thinking ahead to the World Cup this July, this summer...I think it would be that it would be difficult to imagine that UK representation at the event could go ahead in the normal way. We will certainly have to consider that."

Of course, given the fact that the circumstances surrounding the apparent poisoning are not yet known, what's more ridiculous: Claiming that Vladimir Putin personally approved the poisoning of the Skripals, or suspecting that any one of a number of backers - including quite possibly the UK intelligence service - could've been behind the it.

Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg, the Kremlin said Russia hasn't been approached by British authorities to help in the investigation. But Dimitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, said Tuesday at a daily conference call with media in Russia that "Moscow is always ready to cooperate."


BarkingCat Gravatomic Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:41 Permalink

I wish it were true but anyone aware of British history hates them.

I fucking hate them. While almost every country can be accused of being an aggressor against their neighbors,  Britain has done it world wide and has done it for centuries and continues to this day.

I wish that Russia would stop selling natural gas to them so the fucking assholes freeze to death.

Special low temperature wishes to the fake climate "scientists" in East Anglia University.


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BorisTheBlade IReallyDontCare Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:41 Permalink

It's not that. One could certainly argue that during Mrs Thatcher's times government didn't represent people either, but she could certainly facilitate a much better attendance and give a much better argument:

One could also argue that she maintained a much tougher stance on Russia, albeit a communist one, so tough to the point she earned an Iron Lady nickname from ... ta da, Russians.

A mumbling fool Boris Johnson won't earn a portion of that by withholding Brits from playing football (the game Brits invented) at the World Cup.

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HowdyDoody BorisTheBlade Tue, 03/06/2018 - 14:58 Permalink

The British idiots could hit Russia where it really hurts - in the pocket - by stopping buying Russian gas. Come on, Boris, show us you have balls and boycott Russian gas.

The traitorous Russian was recruited by MI6 and was arrested by the Russians in 2004. He received a 13 year sentence and was then exchanged for a load of random Russians the US had kidnapped (plas Anna Chapman). So this treasonous Russian wasn't quietly offed 14 years ago in the depths of some Russian jail, but allowed to leave the country, work openly for MI6 with a pension and the like, then just as the Russian election comes up, the Russians decide he is such a mortal threat that he most be terminated in the most outlandish public way possible.

Sounds convincing (- convincing as a standard CIA playbook event).

He should be feeling very nervous now. Like Boris Nemtsov, he is worth more dead to the CIA/MI6 than he is alive. Paradoxically he is probably safer (assuming he survives) high tailing it back to Russia where he could unload on all he knows about CIA/MI6.


Edit: The timing also reminds me of the couple of drive-by attacks by 'Islamic extremists' in the run up to the last UK election - to reinforce the 'fact' that the current government was 'strong' on terrorism.



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pods Occident Mortal Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:20 Permalink

Wow, they are going to pull out of a soccer tournament?  England truly knows how to hit them where it hurts. lol.

Now if we could only get Russia to EMP the entire City of London.  That would be a hoot.

On another point, what do you think happens to spies?  I'm sure the spies he outed are no longer walking this earth. Why not whack the fucking guy?  


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Blankone Occident Mortal Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:40 Permalink

1st - This spy is not dead.
2nd - For those who might have died previously the question is "who" was involved.

In this case:
The Russian's released him from jail. They let him go when they could have kept him for life (or taken his life). Myself, I would have kept him in jail.

What a convenient event to use as propaganda. And to immediately jump on using the World Cup to bring worldwide attention.

This convenient little coincidence. "They were discovered by a 33-year-old woman who was known to the both of them." Oh sure, this friend of theirs just happens to be the one who was first to walk upon them. Of course this makes her the eyewitness and keeps others from interacting with them to try to determine the problem, or possible determine it was all faked. Then the possibly preplanned medical people arrive and keep the false story going by staying with the prepared script.

If they both actually die and it is confirmed they are dead then I'll believe something happened. And then I'll believe it's a false flag and the spy/traitor got assassinated by those he previously spied for.

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land_of_the_few Blankone Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:02 Permalink

Also he chose to settle down right next to a well known military intelligence base. Essentially setting up his henhouse in a fox colony.

Did he really think they would always be nice to him? Especially after he had given up all his own secrets to the UK, and perhaps the only thing left to do might be help out other countries while based in UK ....

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katagorikal BarkingCat Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:45 Permalink

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was given his middle name of 'Boris' after a Russian émigré his parents once met in Mexico:

BJ has mostly German/Prussian ancestry, with admixtures of Russian and Turkish, as revealed by the BBC program 'Who Do You Think You Are':…

Here is his Turkish great-grandfather:

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pods Davidduke2000 Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:38 Permalink

That is a perfect strategy.  MI6 (or 5, 7, 9 idk, not my government) whacks this guy and gets his daughter as collateral damage ("Here honey, try this ravioli, it's to die for"). They can blame Russia, garner sympathy for the daughter, and they don't have to pay him or worry about him telling what he knows.

Russia's only motive would be revenge. 

Britain has a LOT more motive to kill him than Russia.


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