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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The German media fear that it Skripal will draw NATO into conflict with Russia

German newspaper Bild have wondered what will happen after the end of the ultimatum, which Theresa may has put forward to the Russian authorities in the case of the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal.

As writes Bild, the incident with the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal can have much more serious consequences than the new sanctions. The term of the ultimatum which was put forward by the head of the British government, Theresa may, the Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

In particular London demands that Moscow explain the use of banned nerve gas in the UK, as such actions can be qualified as “unlawful use of force” against the United Kingdom. As pointed out by the media, the negotiations on this question the head of the British foreign Minister, Boris Johnson did not even shake hands with Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko.

According to the publication, on Wednesday in London will host a meeting of the national anti-crisis headquarters, which will decide the question of how much London will attract to answer Moscow with its international partners in NATO and the EU.

Theoretically, continued Bild, the British could invoke the NATO collective-defence clause, which obliges the members of the bloc to defend each other in case of an attack on one state. However, this does not mean that the Bundeswehr will automatically be obliged to participate in operations abroad, as the last word for the German Parliament, explained the author.

Moreover, the British government can call for the collective defence of the European Union, as brakcet not brought to an end. In this context, the publication, interested in the opinion of the Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, who spoke about the fact that London has the full support of the EU. Experts in the US are also convinced that NATO must respond to the “criminal actions” of Russia. “However, some experts warn against hasty accusations against the Kremlin, which may not be involved in the poisoning Skripal,” concluded the author.

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