Ex-spy poisoning row: Britain unable to identify source of nerve agent

ANI | Updated: Apr 04, 2018 00:10 IST

London [United Kingdom], April 4 (ANI): The head of the British military facility, dealing with the nerve agent used for poisoning ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, on Tuesday said it has "not identified the precise source" of the substance.

Gary Aitkenhead Chief Executive of the Porton Down defence laboratory handling the case investigation said that analysts had identified it (nerve agent) as military-grade Novichok but they had not proved that it was made in Russia as per news outlet France 24.

He further claimed to provide scientific information to the government to help reach to some conclusion.

Aitkenhead then hinted towards the involvement of a state actor in the manufacturing of the nerve agent, while pointing out at the sophisticated methods deployed in the manufacturing of the poisonous agent.

Earlier on Monday, Russia had claimed that spy's poisoning could have been in the British interests.

According to the British government, Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter were exposed to a military-grade nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. The father-daughter duo has since been hospitalised. Skripal continues to be in a critical condition whereas Yulia is reportedly out of danger. (ANI)