THE bungling Salisbury assassins are more likely to be celebrated than punished by Vladimir Putin’s “gangster” regime, an expert has claimed.
Yesterday, one of the thugs behind the botched nerve agent attack was unmasked as a GRU spy – exposing Moscow’s barefaced lies that he was a tourist visiting Britain.
But speaking with The Sun Online, James Rogers, an expert in European geopolitics and Baltic security, claims Putin’s “ugly and deranged” regime are unlikely to harm the two suspects.
Rogers, a founding member of think tank the Henry Jackson Society, says the “cavalier” Kremlin will be pleased with the outcome of the failed assassination of former spy Sergei Skripal on UK soil in March.
He said: “I doubt the Salisbury suspects are in any danger from the Russian state.
“I don’t they would be harmed – although they may be disciplined for failing to kill the Skripals.
“It seems like Russia is more likely to reward or celebrate assassins who have killed or attacked on foreign soil – rather than punished in any way.
Putin’s ‘gangster’ regime projects a ‘cavalier attitude’ and could carry out another attack on UK soil, claims expert James Rogers[/caption]
“Russia’s main objective with Salisbury may have been to make the UK look weak and cause alarm and sow discord – to show that they have an arm which can reach into the heart of Britain.
“So whether the operation in Salisbury was successful or not – it may have had the desired effect.”
Rogers pointed to the case of Alexander Litvenenko – a Russian defector who died after he was poisoned in a London restaurant in 2006.
Despite UK authorities confirming that attack was ordered by Moscow, the main suspect Andrey Lugovoy became a Russian MP in Moscow’s parliament.
Yesterday, investigators at news outlet Bellingcat identified Salisbury assassin Ruslan Boshirov as Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga – a highly decorated colonel in Putim’s spy agency.
Earlier this month, Boshirov and his fellow suspect Alexander Petrov gave a brazen filmed interview to state-backed Russia Today.
One of the main suspects in the Litvinenko murder, Andrey Lugovoy, became a Russian MP following the assassination[/caption]
In the laughable interview, they claimed to be tourists who were interested in visiting the cathedral in the Wiltshire town.
But expert Rogers believes the Kremlin may have intended the RT chat to look “amateurish” to “project the cavalier attitude” favoured by former KGB thug Putin.
He added: “It’s almost like a gangster regime – it’s so wild and unruly. I think that’s part of the overall plan.
“Putin’s government doesn’t seem particularly bothered about what it does whether it’s the invasion of other countries or the lies and the misinformation that it spreads through out the world.”
In a chilling predication, Rogers believes Moscow is likely to carry out a similar attack on UK soil again.
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He said: “Russia has already carried out two attacks on UK soil that we know of.
“Depending on whether the UK can mobilise support against Putin’s regime and deter the Kremlin in some way, I see no reason why they won’t carry out such an attack again.
“It’s likely we will see a similar attack on UK soil again in the future given that there are so many Russian exiles living in the UK that might have upset the regime in Moscow in some way.”
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