a Former company representative of the GRU, Sergei Skripal worked with foreign security services after his release and move to the UK in 2010. This writes the Financial Times (FT).
Skripal has ceased to be an operational source for the UK’s intelligence Agency and other Western intelligence services, but provided them with information about activities of his former colleagues, as well as about the possibilities and methods of work of the Russian service.
“He was useful for a limited period. Even though it wasn’t espionage, it continued to use (…). As they [Russian intelligence] penetrate to the West, how they recruit, how to deal with the exploration — about such issues, especially for training people. It was a constant use,” said one of the sources FT. Knowledge of Russian could be useful in the training of counterintelligence officers.
the Pentagon admitted the possibility of destruction of Russia with the help of submarines. This opinion was expressed by the head of Strategic command of the USA General John Khayten. He stated during hearings on the defense budget of the United States for the year 2019. Stream of his speech is published in website the armed services Committee of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress.
“They don’t know where our submarines, and they are able to destroy their country if we go this way” — so Khayten commented on statement Russian President Vladimir Putin on the new strategic weapons. The General stressed that U.S. strategic forces are ready for any possible threats.
In early March Khayten suggested the way to counter Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapons. In his opinion, it is necessary to focus on the spacecraft to prevent startup and to eliminate ballistic missiles and hypersonic aircraft. “This sensor could track a missile in the middle portion of the ballistic trajectory, as well as to observe and find from space and other emerging threats, such as hypersound,” said the General.
a U.S. Senate Committee according to the regulations of the state of California after an internal investigation made a formal recommendation to Senator Bob Hertzberg: he was told to stop cuddling colleagues, reports the Los Angeles Times.
the Investigation started after complaints from employees of the Senate, established the lack of action Herzberg signs of harassment. However, the majority of the 28 interviewed by Committee staff stated that the arms of the Senator caused them discomfort and cause a negative reaction. The Committee warned Herzberg that he is “not welcome”, and threatened in case of repeated complaints strict action against the Senator. He apologized and admitted he made a mistake, but noted that his arms were caused exclusively by human sympathy to colleagues.
In February in the State Duma of the Russian Federation discussed the legal definition of assault and harassment in the workplace. This initiative was made by Deputy Chairman of the Committee on family Affairs Oksana Pushkina. For such violations, proposed to introduce administrative liability in the form of fines.
the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa took place. On Friday, March 9, according to “Interfax”.
the foreign Ministers of the two countries met, despite the fact that stayed at the same hotel.
it was Assumed that the meeting of Lavrov and Tillerson will be held during a business tour in Africa, the Agency said. Their possible negotiations said a few days ago, the Deputy head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Ryabkov. However, the U.S. State Department claims that no such proposal was received.
Lavrov, in turn, called the state Department lie: “I didn’t want this topic to speak out, but learned today that the Americans said that no discussion of the possibility of our meeting in Addis Ababa between me and Rex Tillerson was not. Since they saw fit to make such a statement, I want to say that’s not true”.
According to the Minister of foreign Affairs, during a telephone conversation with Tillerson in January, they agreed to hold the meeting at the first opportunity. The offer of talks in Addis Ababa was motivated by this prior agreement.
Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov called inappropriate comparison and Parallels between the poisonings of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, according to “Interfax”.
the Minister pointed out that the cause of death of Litvinenko is not installed completely. “I watch TV, this isn’t going anywhere, but here have drawn Parallels with the death of Litvinenko also in the United Kingdom, — Lavrov said at a press conference with Moussa Faki Mahamat a, Chairman of the African Union Commission. — I want to remind you that the death of Litvinenko, which also piled on the Russian Federation, to the end not investigated.”
the Minister reminded that Russia proposed Britain’s cooperation in the investigation of the death of ex-FSB officer, but the British refused. “British justice considered themselves above this, and it was enough just to make unfounded verdict, which is by no means exhaustive. Many of the facts related to this tragedy, they are swept under the carpet”, — concluded Sergey Lavrov.
March 8 became known that former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, which was poisoned nervously-paralytic substance in English of Salisbury, are in a coma. The same condition remains a police officer first arrived on the scene. “We see this as a serious incident of attempted murder with the use of substances nervously-paralytic action,” — said the representative of Scotland Yard, mark Rowley. Which kind of tool was used by the attackers, is not specified.
Sergei Skripal was granted asylum in the UK in 2010 after an exchange of scouts between the Russian Federation and the United States.