SASSE” “Putin’s Shadow War Is Real”

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse

Britain’s Prime Minister says Moscow likely behind assassination attempt of former Russian spy

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Republican Senator, Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said that Russia was likely behind the assassination attempt of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

“Putin’s shadow war is real. Sometimes it looks like information operations aimed at undermining confidence in self-government, sometimes it looks like ground operations with masked gunmen and unmarked uniforms in Eastern Europe, and sometimes it looks like an assassination attempt in Great Britain. Make no mistake: the free world is racing toward a crossroads with Mr. Putin and the question right now is ‘how seriously are we taking this threat?’”

Background:

Today, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament that Russia was likely behind the assassination attempt of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter. Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned last week with a military-grade nerve agent that was originally developed by the Russians.

In a speech to Parliament, the Prime Minister said, “Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.” If Russia fails to provide a “credible” response, the Prime Minister promised to “set out the full range of measures that we will take in response.”

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