Contents tagged with Novichok poison

  • 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 …

  • Russia: Britain could have obtained Novichok poison that was used on Skripal from the US

    Alexei Chepa, Deputy State Duma Committee for International Affairs, said that Britain could have received the toxic substance Novichok, which was used to poison the former spy Skripal and his daughter, from the United States, reported the Russian agency Interfax.

    “In the early 90s, specialized American companies utilized a company in Nukus (Uzbekistan), where this chemical weapon was developed (Novichok - Ed.). The Americans had access not only to the technology, but also had access to the …

  • Russia denies developing Novichok nerve agent that poisoned Skripal

    The toxic nerve agent called “Novichok” was not developed in the USSR or in Russia, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, as cited by Interfax.

    “I want to say with all possible certainty that there were no programs to develop toxic substances by the name of ‘Novichok’ in the USSR or in Russia,” he said. According to Ryabkov, “the claims that such a program allegedly existed are spread by people who were transferred to the west – not without the involvement of the governments of …