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Experts unable to prove nerve agent used in Salisbury attack was Russian made

Experts unable to prove nerve agent used in Salisbury attack was Russian made

Experts from the Ministry Of Defence's Porton Down laboratory have been unable to establish where the novichok nerve argent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal was made.

The Cheif Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) said they were currently unable to prove whether or not the nerve agent was made in Russia - "We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent. 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"

While unable to prove the exact origin, the laboratory revealed that the substance required "extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor."

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