Chemical weapons watchdog to meet on poisoned ex-spy case

Chemical weapons watchdog to meet on poisoned ex-spy case

Chemical weapons watchdog to meet on poisoned ex-spy case

The head of the Porton Down military research facility has said his scientists have not verified that the nerve agent used in Salisbury came from Russian Federation.

"We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to".

He added that determining the nerve agent's origin required "other inputs", some intelligence-based, which the British government has access to.

"It's a military grade nerve agent which requires extremely sophisticated methods in order to create - something that's probably only within the capabilities of a state actor".

He noted that Porton Down was responsible for identifying the nerve agent and providing scientific information to the government, but not for concluding where the poison was made.

British officials said they believe an attack of this type could only be carried out by someone with key training involving Novichok, a chemical developed by Russian Federation during the Cold War.

The admission is likely to be seized on by Russian Federation which has suggested that the nerve agent could have come from other nations, or from Porton Down, which is eight miles from Salisbury, the scene of the attack.

The senior Russian Government official urged the Dublin authorities to use common sense.

Yury Filatov said the measure was a principle of diplomacy after Ireland ejected a Russian representative over the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning.

Filatov says Russian Federation wants Britain to "provide every possible element of evidence" it holds about the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury.


Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow wants a thorough probe into the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain and will demand to be part of it.

"As the Prime Minister has set out in a number of statements to the Commons since 12 March, this includes our knowledge that within the last decade, Russian Federation has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents - probably for assassination - and as part of this programme has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks".

"We hope that during those discussions a full stop will be placed on [the issue of] what happened" to former spy Sergei Skripal, Mr Putin said in Ankara ahead of the meeting on Wednesday of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Russian Federation requested the meeting and has demanded an "unbiased investigation" by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

He argued that experts have said that such nerve agents could have been made in some 20 countries.

Ms Skripal's condition improved significantly last week and she is now said to be conscious and talking. We expelled diplomats. You further expel, what is the next step?

In comments reported by Russian news agencies, Mr Grushko said the attempted murders could have been "arranged by Britain" because "they need a major enemy".

Evgeny Buzhinsky, who leads security think tank the PIR Center, told the BBC's Today programme he was "afraid that it will end up in a very, very bad outcome".

WASHINGTON: expelled 60 United States diplomats on Thursday and announced it would eject scores from other countries that have joined London and Washington in censuring Moscow over the poisoning of a spy.

A senior Lithuanian official who asked not to be named said they would ask the USA to send Patriot long-range anti-aircraft missiles more frequently for war games.

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