On behalf of the United Kingdom let me begin by paying tribute to an outstanding leader of this United Nations, who sadly passed away this summer. Kofi Annan was one of the great Secretaries General, a tireless campaigner for peace and progress, and a champion of human rights and human dignity – whose influence will continue to be felt around the world for years to come. Over the course of his lifetime he witnessed the extraordinary progress that we as a community of nations have made (...)
The confrontation which recently occurred in Lattakia may result in a complete global redistribution of the cards. There are two reasons for this, the second of which is being hidden from the Western world. First of all, it cost the lives of 15 Russian soldiers; secondly, it not only implicates Israël, but also the United Kingdom and France. This is potentially the most dangerous crisis in more than 60 years. We now have to find out whether President Trump, currently in the middle of his election campaign, is capable of supporting his Russian counterpart, in order that the United States and Russia may sanction the colonial powers as they did in 1956, during the Suez crisis.
Yesterday, I was in Salzburg for talks with European leaders. I have always said that these negotiations would be tough - and they were always bound to be toughest in the final straight. While both sides want a deal, we have to face up to the fact that - despite the progress we have made - there are two big issues where we remain a long way apart. The first is our economic relationship after we have left. Here, the EU is still only offering us two options. The first option would (...)
On 5 September 2018, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced to the House of Commons that Scotland Yard has managed to identity those responsible for poisoning Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, an incident which also affected a police officer. . The British authorities are holding two Russians (see photo), responsible for these events. They have been identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslán Boshirov (both very common Christian names and surnames in Russia). They arrived (...)
On August 13, 2018, British Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt assured the House of Commons that he regretted the 2013 vote in which Parliament opposed a military intervention against the "Assad regime" ( sic). However, according to The Times of August 21, the British government will reduce its support programs for "rebel" areas in Syria. So far, the UK is funding local communities in the Idleb region. In fact, this area is occupied by jihadists from all over the country. Each locality is run (...)
In 1898 when Theodore Roosevelt had just completed his tenure as the relatively lowly Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he said: “There comes a time in the life of a nation, as in the life of an individual, when it must face great responsibilities. We have now reached that time… all that we can decide is whether we shall bear ourselves well or ill.” History will surely judge that the United States lived up to Roosevelt's challenge. Thanks to wise decisions made by him and his successors, strong (...)
During an televised interview broadcast on TV Barrandov, the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman (see photo), has indicated that he commissioned his secret services to produce a report on the Russian allegation that it was probably his country that had produced Novichok, the same substance used in Salisbury to poison the Russian agent Serguei Skripal and his daughter, Julia. “We must conclude that our country has produced and tested an [agent of the class] Novichok, although [it (...)
The more time passes since the allied attack against Syria on 14 April 2018, the more the available information reveals the amplitude of the disaster. While the United States still mange to prevent leaks from their armies, those from France are irrevocable. Washington, Paris and London clearly demonstrated that they still intend to rule the world, but they also showed that they no longer have the means to do so.
Gary Aitkenhead is the Head of the Military Laboratory for Science and Technology of Porton Down (United Kingdom). On 3 April 2018, he declared speaking for himself and on behalf of his colleagues, that his services identified that the substance used on Sergei and Yulia Skripal was an agent belonging to the Novichok programme but made it clear that they had never determined where it was made. He declared in an exclusive interview given to Sky News on 3 April 2018: “We were able to identify (...)
The United Kingdom has just opened a permanent military base for the Royal Navy at Bahrain. The opening ceremony was co-chaired by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Salman ben Hamad Al Khalifa. The base will host 300 soldiers. Up until now, only the military navies of the US, France and Turkey had a permanent base in the Persian Gulf.