Swiss laboratory confirms Skripals were poisoned with Novichok gas
Earlier, Sergey Lavrov said that the Swiss experts had deemed it possible that the former GRU colonel and his daughter could have been poisoned with a substance called BZ.
The conclusions of British experts from the Porton Down laboratory that former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the neuro-paralytic substance Novichok “cannot be questioned.” This is stated in the report of the Swiss Chemical Laboratory in Spiez, previously mentioned by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when saying that the Skripals could have been with BZ gas.
“Only the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) may comment on this statement. But we can reiterate what we said ten days ago – we have no doubt that Porton Down identified Novichok. <...> The standards of their work are so strict that their conclusions cannot be questioned,” the Swiss laboratory twitted.
Earlier on April 14, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said that in its final report, the OPCW failed to take into account the conclusions of the Swiss experts who looked into Skripal case. According to him, the experts found that the poisoning could have involved BZ – the substance used by the United States and Great Britain.
Lavrov said that experts from the Spiez laboratory from were engaged in the study of Sergei Skripal’s condition after the poisoning. Moscow was informed about this on a confidential basis, Lavrov said.
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