Novichok developer stated Russia’s non-involvement in poisoning Skripal

Novichok developer stated Russia’s non-involvement in poisoning Skripal
Sergei and Yulia Skripal

The creator of the poison agent, Leonid Rink, stated Moscow's non-involvement in the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Russia can not be complicit in the poisoning in Britain of ex-GRU employee Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, one of the developers and creators of substance Novichok, Leonid Rink, said the day before.

According to him, Skripal and his daughter are still alive, this means that poison Novichok produced in Russia could not have been used against them. He specified that no one would survive a real sabotage operation, Meduza reports.

Rink believes that the diversion against Skripal was committed by illiterate people, not connected with Moscow and, moreover, with nerve agents. He is sure that Russian representatives would not use Novichok brought with them.

He also rejected the version that the drug could be poured into clothes or cosmetics of Yulia Skripal in Russia. Rink said that in this case Yulia would not have reached London.

According to the creator of Novichok, the British experts could prepare such a drug and use it against the Skripals. He stressed that Britain has not yet responded to Russia's request and has not provided a single sample of the substance, "Therefore, it is difficult for us to judge and suggest what substance poisoned Skripal and his daughter," Rink added.

Former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in Salisbury with signs of poisoning with nerve agent.

Moscow and London’s relations witnessed a crisis. Official London put forward a number of versions of what happened, among which is the use of chemical agent Novichok. 23 Russian diplomats are being expelled from the country. In response, Russia also booted out 23 diplomatic officials of the British Embassy, calling the accusations "unsubstantiated" and "provocative."

The main version of Scotland Yard is that Russian secret services could be involved in poisoning - in Russia, Skripal was convicted of espionage, and then handed over to Great Britain. Russia strongly denies involvement in the incident and requires its investigation on the basis of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Last weekend, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson made a loud statement about the fact that in recent years Russia has been developing nerve agents, including Novichok.

Johnson stated that Britain has evidence of this. He clarified that on March 19 the substance that had poisoned Skripal was transferred to the experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for analysis in leading laboratories of the world.

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