Contents tagged with Novichok poison

  • Swiss laboratory denies Lavrov's claims that Skripal’s poison was developed by NATO

    In response to comments by the Foreign Minister of Russia,The laboratory in the town of Spiez, Switzerland that had contributed to the investigation on the notorious Skripal poisoning incident stated that the BZ toxin was not mentioned in its report.

    “Only the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) can comment on this statement. But we can reiterate what we said 10 days ago. We have no doubt that Porton Down was right in identifying Novichok as the poisoning agent,” the …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned with substance developed by NATO

    According to the information of the research center in Switzerland, a benzilate-class toxin or “BZ” substance developed and used by the USA and the UK was allegedly used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov stated on Saturday at the meeting of the Council of Foreign and Defense Policy, RIA Novosti reports.

    Lavrov explained that Russia received such information from the Swiss center of chemical-radiological analysis in the town of Spiez through …

  • Russia comments on British analysis results for Novichok poison

    Russian Official Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the reports that the experts from the British military laboratory in Porton Down were unable to determine where the “Novichok” gas that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal was produced.

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if now or tomorrow Theresa May and that entire brilliant team said that all their statements in parliament and knocking together of world coalitions are the result of Russian hackers hacking Disney’s animation …

  • Media: More than a dozen vials of Novichok poison were lost from Russian Research Institute

    Nine to fourteen vials of the poisonous substance Novichok disappeared from the Russian Institute during the 1990s, an analogue of which, according to the United Kingdom, was used to poison former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal. According to the Russian news outlet the Republic, the investigative evidence of the Russian General Prosecutor's Office and the FSB indicate the involvement of scientist Leonid Rink in the poison’s disappearance.

    Rink worked as head of the laboratory at …

  • NATO calls on Russia to answer all questions in Skripal case

    Russia must respond to all the United Kingdom’s questions regarding the incident of the poisoning of former GRU (Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate) colonel Sergei Skripal in the British town of Salisbury, as stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after discussions with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš.

    In particular, he urged Russia to disclose the details of its chemical program since the Soviet Union era.

    "We call on Russia to answer all the questions …

  • Russia says UK authorities 'staged' poisoning of Skripal

    The Russian Ministry of the Interior said that UK authorities themselves may have “staged” the attack on former intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were poisoned in Salisbury.

    This was stated by the director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Ermakov, reported Nastoyashaya Vremya.

    “Here, elementary logic suggests only two possible options: the British authorities either are not able to provide protection …

  • NATO Secretary General calls on Russia to disclose the Novichok program

    NATO called on Russia to fully disclose the details of their “Novichok” nerve agent program,reported the press-service of the North Atlantic Alliance. British authorities stated that Novichok was used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. 

    “NATO continues to call on Russia to fully disclose the data of the Novichok program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at a joint press conference with British …

  • Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs summons Russian ambassador over Kremlin statements regarding Novichok poison

    SVT Nyheter reports that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden has summoned the Russian Ambassador in connection with statements made by Russian diplomats regarding the poisoning agent Novichok.

    Maria Zakharova, official Spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, previously said that the Novichok poison found during the investigation into the attempt on the life of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal could have originated in Sweden. 

     “The most likely source …

  • Britain denies Russian diplomats access to Skripal

    Great Britain has denied Russian diplomats access to former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, who is in the hospital after being poisoned with the nerve-paralyzing agent Novichok, Interfax reports.

    The Russian embassy in London stated that Skripal is being treated as a British citizen.

    The Russian diplomatic mission said that they requested consular access to both Skripal and his daughter Yulia (a Russian citizen).

    Russian diplomat to Great Britain Alexander Yakovenko said that Skripal …

  • Kremlin denies developing the chemical agent 'Novichok' that poisoned Skripal

    Russia has never carried out any research to develop a chemical substance called "Novichok,"   stated the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.

    "Neither in the territory of the Soviet Union nor during the Soviet times, nor in the Russian Federation has there ever been research named directly or codenamed as "Novichok." The name was not patented; it was not used as some symbol, cipher or code," Zakharova said on Rossiya's 24 TV channel.

    According to her, the name itself was …