Russian agents are caught spying on Spiez Laboratory engaged in chemical weapon development

Russian agents are caught spying on Spiez Laboratory engaged in chemical weapon development

Representatives of the Laboratory refused to comment on the reports.

Russian agents tried to put the Spiez Laboratory that is engaged in development of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, under surveillance, the local newspaper Tages Anzeiger writes.

The agents were detained in the Netherlands with the participation of Swiss special services and were deported to their homeland. British special services were also involved in the operation.

Swiss law enforcement authorities confirmed the information about the operation. They said that the threat to the country's "critical infrastructure" was prevented, yet they did not specify any other details.

The Swiss and Dutch media report the agents were interested in the Spiez Laboratory. Representatives of the Laboratory refused to comment on the reports. However, they confirmed an attempted cyberattacks on the laboratory occurred back in June this year.

The Tages Anzeiger also draws attention to the fact that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the British police accuses of poisoning the Skripals, have visited Switzerland for business and tourist purposes. However, the agents suspected of spying for the Spiez Laboratory are not Petrov and Boshirov, the publication noted.

The Spiez Laboratory has earlier appeared in the case of Skripal poisoning. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his speech referred to the data supposedly received by experts of this laboratory, stating that Skripal was poisoned not with Novichok nerve agent, but BZ substance developed in the West. Official representatives of the Laboratory denied this information.  

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