Russia will now take its complaints to The Hague
Hours after the head of Britain’s military research centre said that he was unable to say whether the military-grade nerve agent that poisoned a Russian double-agent in Salisbury had been produced in Russia, it is now understood that Russia will take its complaints to The Hague.
“We were able to identify it as Novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent,” Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in England had told Sky News.
“We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to.”
However, he confirmed the substance required “extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor”.
Meanwhile, today’s meeting of the OPCW executive council at The Hague will be held behind closed doors.