SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 5, 2018) (PARLIAMENT TV) – The poison that struck down two Britons has been identified as the same strand of Novichok nerve agent that was used in the attempted murder in March of a former Russian agent and his daughter, Britain’s interior minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday (July 5).
Javid said it was likely that the pair came into contact with it at a different site from Yulia and her father Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence.
It had not yet been possible to ascertain whether the nerve agent is from the same batch of Novichok, Javid said. He added that Britain would consider what further action it should take against Russia if it is proven that the Kremlin was responsible for the nerve agent poisoning of two Britons.
Britain has accused Russia of poisoning the Skripals with Novichok – a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War – in what is the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon on European soil since World War Two.
Russia, which is currently hosting the soccer World Cup, has denied any involvement in the March incident and suggested the British security services had carried out the attack to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria.