LESNYE DALI (Moscow region), April 14 — RIA Novosti. According to the research center in Switzerland, which analysed samples of the OPCW from the scene of the incident in Salisbury in cases of poisoning Skrobala substance used was BZ, which was adopted by the USA and Britain. In Russia and the Soviet Union it was not made, said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at a meeting of the SWAP.
Lavrov also quoted the document, which the expert from Switzerland was sent to the OPCW.
“At the end of the examination of samples found traces of a toxic chemical BZ and its precursors related to chemical weapons of the second category in accordance with the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons. BZ is a nerve agent, temporarily exempting the person from the system. Psychotoxicity effect is achieved in thirty to sixty minutes after application and lasts for up to four days. This recipe was in service with the army of the United States, Britain and other NATO countries. In the USSR and Russia, the development of such chemical compounds is not carried out”, — quoted the Minister.
The Minister recalled that the victims Yulia and Sergei Skripal recover. According to him, given this fact, the clinical picture corresponds to the poisoning substance of the BZ.
In this regard, the Russian foreign Minister addressed to the OPCW with the question of why the conclusion of the Swiss centre had been omitted from the report of the organization.
“Unless, of course, the OPCW will be to deny the very fact of the use of the laboratory Spiez, then it would be interesting to hear these explanations,” said he.
Conclusions the OPCW
The OPCW experts have determined that an attempted Skrobala used toxic chemical. The authors of the report noted that the material had a high purity. This conclusion was made on the basis that in substance almost completely absent impurities. The document says that “the name and composition of identified toxic chemicals are contained in full and classified report of the Secretariat, is available only to members (organization — ed.)”.
The test results collected by the OPCW for biomedical samples and environmental samples, according to the report “confirm the findings of the United Kingdom about the nature of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury, and because of which three people had been injured”, the document says.
British Salisbury on March 4, was poisoned by a former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia, which triggered a major international scandal. London claims that the poisoning Skrobala substance a-234 involved in the Russian government, Moscow categorically denies it.