Global Affairs

It's more than the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy

The use of a rare nerve agent in Britain raises a lot of questions, not least what's the message behind the elaborate murder attempt in a quiet cathedral town.

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

LONDON • All depressingly familiar. After Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats from London last week, Russia has just kicked out exactly the same number of British diplomats from Moscow.

The dispute is about the mysterious use of a lethal nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy who now lives in Britain, as well as his daughter, a crime the British government has firmly blamed on Russia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2018, with the headline 'It's more than the poisoning of an ex-spy'. Subscribe