The transparent absurdity is the whole point; the Kremlin is demonstrating to a domestic audience that they believe they can attack us with impunity.
It hasn’t been perfect, but it is encouraging to see police, security services and ministers clearly communicate about a serious threat.
Protecting our open society against threats from authoritarian states is an essential battle. We must not lose.
“Do you agree with John McDonnell, who said this was…state-sponsored?” “If we’re going to make an…assertion like that we’ve got to have the absolute evidence…”
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The “extraordinary international response by our allies” amounts to “the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever”, Johnson says.
The President makes a wonderful Bond villain but Russia is merely an ageing, corrupt gas station with nuclear weapons, no longer a Great Power.
The UK can not allow Russia to believe it got away with it without serious consequences.
The Leader of the Opposition admired himself for behaving like a backbench dissident.
She also told the Commons of new sanctions, Magnitsky legislation, and additional powers to curb the activities of the Kremlin’s agents.
The British Government needs to show the same resolve as in 1971, when Sir Alec Douglas-Home threw 105 KGB agents out of London.
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“We have led the way in securing tough sanctions against the Russian economy…We must now stand ready to take much more extensive measures.”
The Prime Minister reports that the Foreign Secretary has summoned the Russian ambassador to account for his country’s actions.
Their opponents often deploy arguments that are simply out of date.