Britain may have been slow to react to the chemical attack on a former spy for Britain in Salisbury (it took three days to bring in specialists from the armed services) but it has been quick to blame Russia. Perhaps too quick. I do not doubt for a minute that Russia is to blame, but perhaps the government should wait until the police investigation is completed before launching into a diplomatic spat with Moscow. If Britain wants to get world opinion onside it must ensure that the police carry out a full and thorough investigation which could then be shared with allies so that they can take the necessary and appropriate action. By jumping the gun the British government risks being isolated and gives Russia the necessary excuses to muddy the waters.
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