The anti-Russia craze sentiment has taken on spectacular proportions in both the US and Europe. The Skripal “affair” is only the most “flamboyant” example. Time and again, “The Russians” on some front page get accused of something, and 6 months later there’s a correction on page 36, if there even is one.
Personally, I think the Russians are more than happy watching America boil itself to ever higher temperatures. They have by now set up their defensive capabilities and have no offensive intentions, if only because they know they don’t have the budget/army/spirit to attack the US.
If Ukraine hasn’t made that clear 5 years ago, I’m despairing as to what will.