George Galloway has slammed Donald Trump’s decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats and close the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal
Galloway, a politician, broadcaster and writer regards the move as being tantamount to a “declaration of war.”
The White House said it was working with Nato allies to punish Russia for its alleged poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in the UK and the ”unacceptably high” number of Russian spies in the US.
The US actions came as more than a dozen nations either announced, or were expected to announce similar steps.
RT reports: Galloway contrasted the US’ actions with those of EU member states. Those EU countries who rushed to follow the lead of Britain and the US in response to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal are simply acting as “vassal states,” doing what they are told.
European states have “made a fairly desultory expulsion of a diplomat or two or three, but the United States’ act is a kind of declaration of war, all the more surprising given that according to the deep state, and the liberal confluence in the United States, President Trump is Russia’s man,” Galloway told RT.
The former British MP said the decision to leave just 40 Russian diplomats to do their jobs in the US was either a “precursor to a very sharp deterioration of relations” — or alternatively a “charade” designed to make Trump’s “deep state opponents” lay off him over not being tough enough on Russia.
Galloway said Russia should not assume that being soft in response to Trump’s action will have any desirable effect.
“If it were me who was making the decision, I certainly wouldn’t proceed on the assumption that being soft will in any way satiate the ravenous beasts that are baying for Russia’s blood at this point in time,” he said.
According to Galloway, the UK has not conducted a serious and unbiased investigation into the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter.
“As far as I can see there is no investigation,” he said. “The verdict was declared before the investigation began and I think there’s no investigation because the results of any serious scientific analytical investigation would show that the allegations against Russia are baseless.”
Galloway said there are still many questions which have been left unanswered in the Skripal case.
“I don’t believe that Russia is responsible for this act. And the good news is that most of the British public tend to agree,”