Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has inflicted a series of embarrassments on himself and on this country – as well as being caught lying about that the toxin in the Salisbury poisoning incident having been positively identified as Russian in origin.
Now he has committed another huge gaffe, by lamenting the murder of a Russian journalist, with a clear implication that it was a Russian attack on freedom of speech, just before said journalist turned up alive and well at a press conference:
Babchenko’s sudden healthy appearance was captured by cameras to the consternation of the BBC:
Johnson’s finger of blame was already pointing at Russia for the shooting to death of Mr Babchenko, abetted by the BBC – which continues to stream anti-Russian propaganda unabated in spite of Babchenko’s embarrassing appearance. The Ukrainians had also pointed at Russia but then claimed that Babchenko’s death was ‘staged’ to capture assassins.
Russia’s initial denials of any part in Babchenko’s death were notably similar to their refusal to accept responsibility for the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury – and Johnson’s haste to apportion blame has a familiar ring to it.
With both Sergei and Yulia Skripal now out of hospital after exposure to one of the most deadly nerve toxins in existence and Mr Babchenko turning up without a scratch, if the Russians are in the carrying out political assassinations in other countries, one can only conclude they’re not very good at it.
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