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Re-Division of East-West Relations Fueled by Russian Misconduct

The nerve-agent poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter, reportedly by Russia, on the soil of the United Kingdom (UK), confirms a re-division of East-West relations fueled by Russian misconduct that has been in the making for some years now.

The UK government believes Russia used a terrifying nerve-agent, Novichok, to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66 and his daughter, Yulia, 33, on British soil, March 4, 2018, after both victims, who remain hospitalized in critical condition, were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, the BBC-News has reported. Some 131 people in Salisbury have been identified as potentially exposed to the poison and at least 21 have sought treatment following the event that also sicken a police detective, whose health is improving.

British Prime Minister Theresa May believes Moscow is "culpable" for the attack and she has kicked-out 23 Russian diplomats as part of a "full and robust" response to the attack on British soil. Russia has denied the attack. But British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, according to the BBC-News, believes it is "overwhelmingly likely" that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the nerve agent attack. 

While the United States (US), France and Germany have joined the UK to sign a statement condemning Russia's use of the poison, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has affirmed that the "UK is not alone" in the matter. Earlier this morning, he admonished: "It is important that Russia gets a clear signal that it costs to behave the way they behave."

Back in 2006, defected Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London, a public inquiry into his death was finally concluded in 2016, which found that his murder was an operation of the Russian spy agency FSB that was probably personally approved by Putin.

Undoubtedly, Russian relations with and inside the West have increasingly soured in recent years. A forged Russian partnership with the West cooperating on terrorist matters in the aftermath of "September 11", quickly diminished as Russia meddled in Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014. Since then, Russian meddling and agitation have witnessed its military capabilities trawl off the seas of the Nordics, the English Channel, the US east coast and South America, to name a few. Also Russian money to far right groups in Europe has been documented along with its influence on the US Presidential Election, in 2016.

Clearly, the recent Salisbury, England, poisoning event confirms the re-divisioning of Western-Russian affairs brought to wrought by Russian misconduct, which will inevitably lead to a farther isolation of Russia in spite of any western leader's resistance and delay to heap more sanctions on Vladimir Putin's Russia.