Russia Sends a Chilling Message With Its Latest Chemical Attack
Mar 13, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
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- Shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin assumed power, Moscow's intelligence services began exhibiting increasingly aggressive behavior.
- This included the targeted assassinations of enemies across Europe, the Middle East and in the United States.
- In response, Western intelligence agencies increased efforts to recruit Russian intelligence officers as spies.
- In this context, the attack on Sergei Skripal was not necessarily about his treason, but more of a warning to current Russian intelligence officers not to betray the government.