The substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, according to Swiss state Spiez lab. The toxin was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.
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The OPCW has released its findings into the Skripal poisoning, the watchdog confirming the British conclusions over the substance used, while not elaborating on the origin of the substance only detailing its chemical make-up.
UK lab says it cannot determine whether nerve agent used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal was Russian-made
Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Porton Down defence laboratory, told Britain’s Sky News that analysts had identified the substance as military-grade Novichok, the word used for a category of nerve agents developed in Soviet times.
But he added: “We have not identified the precise source”.
The attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter is an act of terrorism against Russian citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry says, noting that the UK does not share any evidence with Moscow while demanding explanations.
Novichok, the powerful nerve agent that British Prime Minister Theresa May says was used in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, means “newcomer” in Russian. But the military grade chemical is anything but.