Today Western countries are seized by the anti-Russian hysteria whipping up by "spy scandals", suspicions against the Russian diplomats and statements of politicians in the spirit of ‘highly likely’. The Skripal case, initiated by the British Prime Minister Theresa May was a pretext to rally Western countries against Russia.
The world is again in the situation of the cold war. Who stands to benefit from the demonstrative poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal?
Just after the Salisbury incident, Theresa May said that Moscow was directly responsible for the attack. And she has been still trying to hold the interest of the world community in this issue. The British PM used a media frenzy over the Skripal poisoning to divert attention from the domestic political problems and Brexit failure. She consolidated the efforts of Western countries against the ‘Russian threat’. The UK made other EU Member States express their ‘solidarity’.
The United States joined the anti-Russian campaign of London for geopolitical reasons. The Skripal case served to avoid the lift of the EU sanctions against Russia.
The West made Russia a common enemy and returned to the forgotten policy of Atlantic solidarity. London’s provocation aimed to discredit Moscow reminds the British policy during World War I and World War II.
Russia was brought into the First World War by a well-planned provocation. According to several historians, the British intelligence was behind the assassination of the Austrian archduke Ferdinand, not the Serbian radical groups. The countries of the Triple Entente needed the participation of Russia in the conflict. Without Russian army they wouldn't have been able to face Germany by themselves. Moreover, European countries and the USA tried to hamper development of Russia, because to the middle of the 1930th years it could become the world's largest economy. That’s why Great Britain was advantageous to initiate a conflict so that its main geopolitical opponents, Russia and Germany, would destroy each other.
During the First World War Britains betrayed Russians many times. They intercepted arms deliveries from America and did not coordinate their efforts with Russian army on the battlefield. In 1915, British companies didn’t fulfill contracts for the sale of munitions to Russia, and the Russian army at the front was in a critical situation.
After World War I Germany became stronger, but Great Britain and France didn't take seriously its aggressive plans. German troops invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Great Britain and France declared the war on Germany, but they were reluctant to take bold measures and support Poland. This period of relative inactivity on the Western Front between September 1939 and May 1940 was also variously known as the “Phoney War,” the “Twilight War,” the “Strange War” and the “Bore War.” According to French novelist Roland Dorgeles, “the main concern of the supreme command, obviously, was not to disturb the enemy.”
Great Britain and France took a wait-and-see attitude. “The events of September 1939 were a logical result of the policy of appeasement of the aggressor. Remaining blind to Hitler’s expansion, the allies thought that Germany would attack the Soviet Union and let them alone,” noted Mikhail Plotnikov, professor of National Research University Higher School of Economics.
After the Yalta Conference in February 1945, Churchill wrote to Roosevelt that “The Soviet union has become a danger to the free world.”
This ideology became one of priorities to foreign policy of Great Britain and that trend continues to prevail today. The Anglo-Saxons have always seen Russia as their main competitor and the threat to their hegemony. Today, the Russian Federation is steadily proving to be a major international player and a great power. Just like the UK did during WWI and WWII, London seeks to solve its geopolitical goals at the expense of Russia. It uses proven methods such as provocations, unfounded accusations and fake news. In fact, Moscow has already been brought into another confrontation with the West, but so far it is at the level of media and diplomacy.