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A columnist for the U.S. edition of the Wall Street Journal Gary Schmitt (Gary Schmitt) compared the murder of a Saudi journalist Jamal Casucci with the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal.
According to Schmitt, both of the incident was poorly planned and organized, with the result that immediately attracted the attention of the public to Moscow and Riyadh.
The journalist was amazed at the poor organization of poisoning Skrobala allegedly committed by Russian special services. He found no other explanation for the fact that the faces of the Russians got into the lenses of the cameras in the UK.
Columnist is confident that such incidents were pre-planned by Russia and Saudi Arabia, not only to neutralize opponents and to intimidate dissenters. However, Schmitt blames the government of the United States, Britain and their allies, which poorly reacted to the incident. According to the columnist, they were just silent or a little intimidated intruders, even if the incidents occurred on their territory.
In March 2018 former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia was poisoned in the British city of Salisbury. The UK authorities were suspected in the attack on the family of Russian special agents, therefore soon expelled dozens of Russian diplomats. Moscow denied all the charges.
In early September, Prime Minister Theresa may has formally accused the Russian secret services in the assassination attempt on the life Skrobala. British intelligence suspected the Russians, Aleksander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov that could enter the territory of British passports issued in fictitious names. The number of the hotel found traces of nerve agents of the Novice class, which was allegedly poisoned a former Colonel.
Later, Petrov and Bashirov made contact with reporters. In an interview with RT, they promised that are not related to poisoning Skrobala.
The murder of a Saudi journalist Jamal Casucci occurred on 2 October. Being in Istanbul, the man went to the Saudi Embassy to issue the divorce papers. A few hours later, he walked out of the building, and employees of the General Consulate said to his bride that Hakuji long gone. As it turned out later, the journalist was killed on the spot. After almost three weeks Riyadh has recognized the death of Hakuji.
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