Swiss chemical weapons lab found traces of NATO chemical weapon in Scripal toxin, says Russian FoMin

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said an analysis by Swiss experts of the substance used in the Skripal poisoning  indicated that it was a nerve agent which belongs to the arsenal of the United States and Britain.

He said that the chemical weapons watchdog Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW) omitted the information from the Swiss lab its final report.

“The clinical picture fits in better with the use of BZ chemical. None of those factors, to say nothing of BZ, were mentioned in the report that OPCW experts had presented to the Executive Council,” Lavrov said.

“In this connection, we are asking the OPCW a question: Why was the information that would reflect conclusions of the experts from the laboratory in the city of Spiez omitted in the final report?”.

Russia has asked the OPCW to explain why information about the toxin known as Bz or 3-Quinuclidinyl was omitted.

A British lab which analysed the samples failed to find proof that the nerve agent came from Russia.


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