The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel last week argued for restraint in the case concerning the poisoning of former double spy Skripal. The British government accuses Russia of this incident, despite the lack of evidence, and got support from a number of important allies.
According to Sigmar Gabriel, this diplomatic crisis between Russia and the United Kingdom is starting to resemble a bad James Bond movie through the spiral of mutual allegations and accusations.
Last week the British government decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats and to break diplomatic ties at the highest level. In response, the Kremlin came up with an appropriate retaliatory measure by sending an equal number of British diplomats back to the United Kingdom.
The German Foreign Minister called on both countries to be cautious as long as the investigation into the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter is still ongoing. He also reminded us how dangerous an incident like this can be, in which nationalist sentiments are being abused against other countries. He said the following about this:
“We know from our own history how quickly nationalistic stories can be abused against other countries. We know from our own history that ultimately the civilized population has to pay the price for these kinds of developments. […] We know that a confrontation always has only one outcome at the end.”