We live in a world where, like it or not, the brazen and stubborn approaches of governments can act as the spark in the powder-keg which is world politics. That is my main problem with the events following the Salisbury attacks, with both sides – Putin’s Russia and May’s Britain – contributing to the dangerously heightening tensions between our two countries.
Perhaps I’m being naive in assuming we should only begin pointing the finger of blame once the crime is attributed, beyond reasonable doubt, to its perpetrators. Never the less, in the weeks it will take to come to such a conclusion, should we really be adopting such a gung-ho approach to a situation which is both so delicate and still shrouded in so much uncertainty?
Channel 4’s documentary, Russian Spy Assassins: The Salisbury Attack – boasting such a name that makes it seem as though it has been ripped straight from a cold-war comic book – follows presenter Matt Frei as he investigates the events leading up to and the fallout of the Salisbury attack. Delving into the murky world of international politics, espionage and crime, Frei examines whether the latest in a spate of deaths of Russian spies on British soil could all be linked.
Russian Spy Assassins: The Salisbury Attack – Monday – 10:00pm on Channel 4.