In the weeks prior to the chemical attack in Douma, which Moscow has denounced as a false flag operation, the British government accused the Russian state of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a nerve agent, one supposedly many times deadlier than VX. Yet both the ex-GRU agent and British intelligence asset father and his daughter miraculously survived. After her release from a Salisbury hospital, Yulia has now allegedly issued a statement through the Metropolitan Police that does not appear to be written in her own words. The statement dismisses the opinions of her cousin Viktoria presented to Russian television, that the British government is restricting Yulia's freedoms or denying her legal rights under UK law to receive consular assistance from the Russian Embassy in London. Not surprising, the Russians believe Yulia may be under duress or is being fed false information in a sequestered information environment to support the UK version of events.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has allegedly confirmed UK government lab test findings, but like the director of Porton Down, refuses to explicitly name Russia as the source of the agent said to be drawn from the Skripals blood samples. That of course has not stopped Her Majesty's Government and the British media from insisting the OPCW findings prove PM Theresa May and FM Boris Johnson's assignment of guilt to Russia anyway. The fantasy that Russia and only post-Soviet Russia and not any other state or deep state attached organization could manufacture 'novichok' must persist -- even if a professor of organic chemistry at Cornell University stated that non-state actors could produce the toxin.
While there is a clear connection between the weeks-long drumbeat surrounding the Skripal case and what happened in Douma, namely the Pavlovian conditioning of the public to associate 'chemical warfare' with Russia and enormous political pressure placed on the OPCW to corroborate (post)Western governments accusations against Moscow, there has been another alleged motive behind PM Theresa May and FM Boris Johnson's Russia hysterics. According to pro-Syrian government and Iranian sources, multiple British special operations soldiers or disavowed MI6 assets operating contrary to the laws of war outside of uniform were captured in the eastern Ghouta pocket. Supposedly these Brits were tasked with setting off a chemical false flag that failed prior to the Douma operation. The captured Special Air Service commandos or operatives were reportedly being detained in highly secure prisons spread around Damascus, precluding any hopes for a successful extraction mission. According to Vanessa Beeley, there were also hundreds of British passport holders among the thousands of Arabic speaking jihadists evacuated on the green buses to Idlib. It should be noted that frequent RM guest London Paul reported these allegations of far deeper and more direct British involvement with the Syria jihadis than any mainstream media outlet has admitted weeks ago (see his latest Rogue Mornings interview posted above).
Photo above by: Xinhua, January 2017