Skripal poisoning: Germany got Novichok chemical sample from Russian Federation in 1990s

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

The German Intelligence Agency (BND) and military obtained a sample of the deadly chemical nerve agent Novichok from Russian Federation in the early 1990s, according to an investigative report by German media. German newspapers Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit and broadcasters WDR and NDR said in a joint report Thursday that the West's knowledge of the substance stems largely from a sample obtained by Germany's BND agency in the 1990s.

Then, the sample studied in the Swedish laboratories, but the German intelligence received only formula for novice.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of carrying out the nerve agent attack against Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March, but Moscow has denied the claims and argued that the country never had any programs to develop the chemical weapon, known as Novichok.

The German media report said the BND had informed US and United Kingdom intelligence agencies about the case following the analysis, and small amounts of the poison were later produced in several North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to test Western protective gear, testing equipment and antidotes.

Swedish scientists then transferred the chemical formula, but not the original sample, to the BND and German Defense Ministry.

The poisoning in Britain's Salisbury of the Skripals unleashed a diplomatic furor.

Some NATO countries had produced a small amount of "Newbie" to counteract this poison. More than 20 Western countries have shown their support for London by expelling Russian diplomats over the affair - the biggest expulsion since the Cold War.

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