Russian President Vladimir Putin. Grigory Dukor/Reuters
The attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is a result of Britain signalling weakness to Russia for years, according to Chatham House. Russia’s reaction to the nerve gas poisoning suggests President Vladimir Putin believes he is beyond reprisal. Putin is thought to be testing how isolated Britain is following Brexit.
Britain has been unintentionally signalling its weakness to Russia for years — and it may have paved