Vil Mirzayanov, Russian chemist, who participated in the creation of Novichok nerve agent, which was used to poison ex-GRU officer Sergiy Skripal in Great Britain, told about an antidote to the substance in the interview for Russian BBC Service.
“First aid is atropine and aphin. Other antidotes were developed, more effective. They exist and they help to stop the action of this poisonous agent. Still! They do not cure a person,” Mirzayanov said.
According to him, “atropine or aphin were injected eventually and helped” Skripal and his daughter, though their bodies were injured irretrievably by that time.
As it was reported earlier, leaders of Great Britain, France, Germany and USA claimed that poisoning of the former GRU officer Skripal and his daughter endanger their safety. The leaders stressed that they share Britain’s opinion on Russia’s involvement in this incident, and they called Moscow for providing the information about Novichok agent (a series of nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union and Russiabetween 1971–1993, -ed.) to the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).
UN Security Council had an emergency session on March 14, when Great Britain confirmed that Russia used Novichok agent to poison Skripal and his daughter. Britain also stated that Russia was highly likely to be involved in this incident, as the state did not give any explanation concerning this case to the British side within the terms set by London.
Besides, Russia was accused of illegal chemical weapon use, which is a violation of the UN Charter.
Russia denied all the accusations and demanded the British side to provide evidence and threatened to respond to London’s ultimatum.
Earlier, Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury. They were taken to the hospital with symptoms of an unknown substance poisoning. Britain thinks that Andrey Lugovoy, deputy of Russia’s Duma, former GRU officer, who acted under the order of Russian authority, is involved in this incident.