Britain says Russian Federation secretly stockpiling deadly nerve agent used in attack

Lloyd Doyle
March 18, 2018

"That is exactly the tactics we've come to expect from Russian Federation over the last few years", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

The results are expected to take at least two weeks.

Later that day, Johnson rubbished Chizkov's claims and revealed that Britain had information indicating that within the last decade, Russian Federation has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents likely for assassination.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have been exposed to the nerve agent used in their attempted assassination through the Russian spy's auto ventilation system, intelligence sources have told a U.S. television channel.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has told MPs that Porton Down - Britain's military research base - identified the substance used as being part of a group of military-grade nerve agents known as Novichok developed by the Soviet Union.

The foreign secretary has attacked the Russian response to the UK's investigation of the attack on Skripal.

The UK's failure to send a request to Moscow over the Skripal case via OPCW channels points to a lack of legal basis for a proper probe, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted on Friday, referring to Johnson's allegations that Russian Federation and even President Vladimir Putin himself were behind the plot to poison the Skripals.

"Russia had nothing to do with it", Chizhov told the BBC. Both remain in critical condition.

Chizhov was then asked if he thought Porton Down scientists were responsible for producing the nerve agent used in the attack.

The British government dismissed the ambassador's suggestion as "nonsense". She said that in post-Soviet times it is countries such as the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and possibly the U.S., that studied the substance with keen interest and could have been the origin for the toxin used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

The poisoning prompted Britain to announce the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, with Moscow saying it would reciprocate by expelling the same number of British diplomats.

He said these could include "defending ourselves against cyberattack [and] looking at any economic measures that could be taken against Russians who corruptly obtained their wealth", measure that appeared unrelated to the poisoning.

Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky on Saturday denied Moscow's accusation that the nerve toxin used against a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England came from the Czech Republic.

"We don't have any improvements, everything is only getting worse", she said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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