Porton Down Lab Unable to Prove Novichok Used to Poison Skripal Was From Russia

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The chief of Britain’s military research center at Porton Down says experts are unable to identify the precise source of the nerve agent that was used in poisoning the former Russian agent, but that it was a military-grade nerve agent, Sky News reports.

Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, said they had not been able to prove A-234 substance, allegedly used for Skripals’ poisoning, was made in Russia, according to Sky News broadcaster.

“We were able to identify it as Novichok, to identify that it was a military-grade nerve agent. We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to the government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to,” he stated.

However, Aitkenhead affirmed the nerve agent required “extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor”.

According to him, there is no antidote to the nerve agent.

The chief of Britain’s military research center at Porton Down refused to comment on whether the lab had produced or maintains stocks of the A-234 nerve agent but dismissed that the agent used to poison the Skripals came from Porton Down.

“There is no way anything like that could have come from us or left the four walls of our facility,” Aitkenhead noted.

According to the official, the…

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