This photo op they chose completely disqualifies any hideous acts of Russia. Merkel, Macron and May standing together while Merkel and Macron both simultaneously cover their mouths to hide their speech. It looks more like a threesome of jealous teenage groupies gossiping about their competition. How can you believe some Russian conspiracy when you have poses like that for the camera?
I was listening to Sarah Sanders as she was responding to a question. She said Russia needs to determine if they want to be a good actor or bad actor. Who do actors represent? They represent their character played...but who are they really? A soul never changes no matter how many faces or behavior one may have in the media world. The only way a soul can change is if they have God's Holy Spirit living inside. To be a good or bad actor is not the question, nor the answer or solution. Bad or good is not required to enter heaven. It is by God's grace alone believing on His Son's sacrificial death on the cross for your sins. You cannot atone for your own sins because you are not God.
I would say to these actors such as Sarah Sanders referenced with Russia...Please don’t take snapshot pictures to be passed around, it looks bad especially when it resembles high school politics. Unless they both ate garlic at lunch and wanted to hide their breath, the hand covering of the diplomatic whispers was not necessary. Some guy in the background was laughing anyway.
Paris, Berlin, DC Rescue May From Having to Prove Her Accusations
Key capitals swoop in to back May against French diffidence, criticism from the British Labor Party, and the Russians
Imagine an investigation for attempted homicide by gunshot without the gun, bullet, ballistics match, fingerprints, powder burns, witnesses, shooter, intention, motive. You can’t imagine? Neither could the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.
On Wednesday Le Drian announced France’s “full confidence in the investigations that our British partners are carrying out” on the March 4 nerve agent incident involving Sergei and Yulia Skripal and a local police detective in Salisbury.
Note Le Drian’s use of the present continuous tense. The French minister meant one doesn’t have to be British to play Sherlock Holmes — investigation of evidence should precede judgement.
As of Wednesday, the French minister didn’t think the investigation was conclusive.
The spokesman for the French presidency, Benjamin Griveaux, expressed less than “full confidence” in the British investigations.
“We don’t do fantasy politics. Once the elements are proven, then the time will come for decisions to be made.” He added that France was waiting on the British for “definitive conclusions” and the evidence that the “facts were completely true”. For an English translation, click. That was Wednesday.
On Thursday French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the US White House decided Prime Minister Theresa May should be rescued from putting her political judgement before the forensic evidence. They issued a four-paragraph statement; read it in full here.
The first two paragraphs from the Big Four drew no conclusion from the evidence of what has happened to the Skripals. The third paragraph acknowledged it had been May and her government which have drawn the conclusion that it is “highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack. We share the United Kingdom’s assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation.”
France, Germany, the US and the UK concluded with a paragraph calling on Russia to do what the government in Moscow has already called for in its own statements on the Skripal case let the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigate the British allegations, inspect the evidence and the Russian assessment, according to the international rules and procedures of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CVC). For good measure, and to show on whose side the Big Four stand, they ordered “Russia to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the U.N. Security Council to uphold international peace and security.”
Having accepted May’s request that she should be backed against French diffidence and criticism from the British Labor Party, as well as by the Russians, the US Treasury issued new sanctions. In fact, all the companies and individuals targeted for the cyber sanctions were indicted on criminal charges a month ago; they already face arrest if they enter the US, or extradition if they are on the territory of a US ally.
For details of the indictment, read this. The other US sanctions target the Russian Federal Security Service and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU), plus six senior GRU officers. Four of them, including GRU’s chief, Colonel-General Igor Korobov (right), were proscribed in a US Treasury sanctions list of last December. The US government ignored the sanctions to invite Korobov and other Russian intelligence chiefs to Washington in January.
Through a former officer now a Moscow journalist, GRU has leaked an informal report of the espionage for which Skripal was tried and imprisoned. The report suggests that Skripal, a specialist in explosives and mine detection during his military career, may have been handling the nerve agent in a business deal which by accident went wrong. Read the GRU version (in Russian) here.
May’s version of the Skripal case is accepted by a significant majority of British voters polled this week, according to this report. May has also gained significantly in voter approval compared to Jeremy Corbyn, the Labor leader, whose political rating has been running ahead of May’s until now. Before the Skripal news, the British polls were indicating a slight improvement for May and the Conservative Party, but the percentage trends were small and within the margin for statistical error.
For a discussion with Chris Cook, listen to today’s interview on Gorilla Radio from Victoria, British Columbia, starting at Minute 34.
Source: Dances With Bears
I wanted to post someone's comment made on this article in Russia Insider....
COMMENT: May....(No pun intended).... I be so bold as to disagree with Mr Helmer, and confidently state, British people do not accept "May´s version of the Skripal case".
The poll mentioned, is run by the UK Government. The poll is just wishful thinking by the UK Government.
Instead of relying on a UK government run poll, to get an idea of what the Brit public is thinking, it would be wiser to read the comments sections of the British media online papers.
There the UK Government is getting mercilessly slated over this Skripal affair and does NOT in any way reflect what is being said in this Government poll.