The British intelligence assumed that Novichok, the nerve agent used in the attack on the Skripals, was produced at a Russian military research base in Shykhany town, Saratov Oblast (central Russia, - 112 International).
According to The Times, the UK authority held a briefing for the allied countries - so as to persuade their leaders that Moscow is behind the murder attempt. Based on the briefing, the said governments decided to expel more than 150 Russian diplomats.
The MI reported that over the last decade, the Russian military has been testing the gas to find out whether it is suitable for covert murders abroad.
The Times added that the agent stocks discovered in Shykhany were not enough to be used as a weapon on the battlefield; however, that implies that the actual stocks could be used for a surgical strike, instead.
Earlier, Yulia Skripal, the daughter of the poisoned Russian spy refused from any assistance offered by the Russian Federation. The British Foreign Office reported that as quoted by Reuters.
The outlet pointed out that the Russian embassy in the UK turned to Skripal via the Foreign Office, offering her consulate help, but she refused to use it.
Ex-colonel of Russia’s GRU, Chief Intelligence Department, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.
Theresa May, British Prime Minister, stated that Russia was highly likely to be involved in Skripal’s case. Later, Britain had officially confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury. Due to this, British representative accused Russia of violating of UN Charter and Chemical Weapons Convention at the UN Security Council session.
As it was reported earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats due to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, the law enforcers will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason. In return, Russia said it would expel 23 British diplomats as a reaction to Britain’s actions. Russian Foreign Ministry informed in its announcement