NEWSWATCH: “Russian Spy’s Poisoning: Where Does PM May Go from Here? Russia’s apparent attempt to murder Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom leaves Her Majesty’s Government with no good choices” – David Johnson/The National Interest

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“Russia’s apparent attempt to murder Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom leaves … [the UK] with no good choices. Unlike the murder of … Litvinenko … London had no choice but rapidly and publicly to accuse [Russia] of … incompetence in losing control of a nerve agent it invented or attempted murder on British soil. …” 

British Prime Minister May demanded a response from the Russian Ambassador, which also puts pressure on herself to announce initial measures at Question Time at Parliament on Wednesday.

“[Potential British] measures … are … unpalatable. A tit-for-tat spy expulsion risks leaving London poorly informed about events in Russia as well as [some] potential terrorist threats …. [T]he most punitive option – and the one for which the British media in their usually restrained way is clamoring – would be financial and travel sanctions on Russians either living in the United Kingdom or using the City of London as their preferred location to hold substantial assets, to live and frequently to educate their children. … “

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[the author of the linked article, Ambassador David Johnson, is Vice President of Washington Operations for Janus Global Operations. … a member of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, and formerly served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Minister at the U.S. Embassy in London; U.S. Afghan Coordinator; and U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.]