Novichok – toxic questions about chemical at center of Skripal saga

Novichok – toxic questions about chemical at center of Skripal saga
The public has learnt a new Russian word: Novichok or novice, as the UK claims it is a nerve agent that poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal. But, as with many elements of this saga, this chemical raises many questions.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent “Novichok,” allegedly developed by Russia. She claimed this was either “a direct action” by Moscow or the result of a loss of control over “its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent.” Speaking to MPs, she even said the cabinet had given Moscow one day to provide a “credible response” to the allegations.

The use of a military-grade secret nerve agent may sound like a James Bond movie and, as with many action dramas, there are some notable inconsistences in the plot that raise questions.
The killer agent that is not on chemical watchdog list?

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) carefully describes all known types of weapons-grade chemicals, including notorious sarin and VX, as well as their properties, mechanisms of action, and possible antidotes. But oddly enough, ‘Novichok’ – the substance supposedly deadlier than sarin or VX – is not on the OPSW nerve agents list.
Would you pay $30 for a secret chemical agent formula?

‘Novichok’ was first disclosed to the public by a Russian chemist named Vil Mirzayanov, who claimed in a 1992 article for Moskovsky Komsomolets daily that Moscow was developing extremely potent fourth-generation chemical weapons. The article was published prior to Russia's signing of the Chemical Weapons Convention, making the timing particularly interesting.

Mirzayanov, who defected to the US several years later, reacted to the British prime minister’s accusations in a notable post on Facebook. “[May] said that ‘Novichok’ has been used in the assassination attempt on Skripal,” Mirzayanov wrote. “Its chemical formula has been published only in my book,” he said.

His book, which allegedly contains the top-secret formula of the deadly nerve agent, is titled ‘State Secrets: An Insider's Chronicle of the Russian Chemical Weapons Program.’ Its paperback edition is available on Amazon and sells for just $30. If the formula is genuine, this is probably the first time a whistleblower has provided free access to a method of producing the highly poisonous weapon.
Is Russia the only place it could come from?

Mirzayanov also contributed to a 1995 report by the US-based Henry L. Stimson Center. The paper, which refers to the defector’s 1992 piece, noted multiple security flaws at Russia’s chemical weapons storage sites – a revelation unsurprising enough, given the poor state of Russian military at the time. While praising some basic security measures at the compounds, the report says: “By US standards, Russian chemical weapon storage facilities unquestionably appear vulnerable to attack from outside and theft from within.”

Nikolai Kovalev, who led Russia’s security service, the FSB, from 1996 to 1998, told RIA Novosti that the likes of ‘Novichok’ were “stockpiled in former Soviet Union republics.” Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich told the Zvezda TV Channel that the Soviet military sent the so-called “frontline packages” containing the agent to various parts of the country. “It could have been stored in any [post-Soviet] country, including Georgia and Ukraine,” he noted.

Back in 1999, it emerged that the Pentagon might gain access to one of the chemical plants that reportedly produced ‘Novichok.’ The New York Times reported that the US military was going to spend up to $6 million “to demilitarize the so-called Chemical Research Institute” located in the Uzbek city of Nukus. “Soviet defectors and American officials say the Nukus plant was the major research and testing site for a new class of secret, highly lethal chemical weapons called ‘Novichok,’ which in Russian means '’new guy,’” the piece said.
How was it proven to have been Russia, if nerve agents can be produced anywhere?

‘Novichok’ is said to be a “binary agent,” meaning that it could be stored as two, less toxic chemicals. To produce the active toxic agent, the two must be mixed, and be allowed to react. This makes the ingredients easier to transport, as they only become fully toxic when mixed.

Anton Utkin, a Russian chemist who worked as a UN inspector in Iraq and developed technologies to destroy Russia’s chemical weapons, says it’s unclear “how they [Britain] could establish that it was produced in Russia.” He said that anyone familiar with the technology could have produced it. “You can’t find out who manufactured the chemical weapon – the content of the substance will be fully identical while using the same method,” he said. “There is no way to establish with full accuracy that a chemical comes from this or that country.”
What about the chemical watchdog confirming Russia destroyed its stockpiles?

In autumn last year, the OPCW confirmed that Moscow – a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention – had completely destroyed its stockpiles. The organization’s inspection teams verified the destruction at seven chemical weapons destruction facilities in Russia, and, on September 27, 2017, the last of these facilities officially ceased its operations. The six other facilities were closed between 2005 and 2015.

The completion of the verified destruction of Russia's chemical weapons program is a major milestone in the achievement of the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the organization’s Head Ambassador Ahmet Uzumcu said at the time. He praised countries that assisted Russia with its destruction program, as well as OPCW staff who verified the destruction.
Timing is everything?

Russian officials say the timing of the allegations is particularly notable. “Presidential elections are looming in Russia, and the country is accused of committing every mortal sin,” Sergey Stepashin, former FSB director, told Interfax. “Tell me, which idiot in Russia could carry out such [an attack]? Where is the logic [in that]?”

He asserted that the story could have been “a primitive provocation by British intelligence services,” and noted that Moscow and London signed a 1998 agreement on mutual investigations in high-profile cases. “So, hand the files over to us and let us probe the crime together,” the former intelligence chief said.

Russia will respond over Skripal case only after official request from UK – Lavrov
Moscow is ready to respond regarding the case of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, but only after an official request from the UK, the Russian foreign minister has said, adding that both countries should hold talks on the incident.

Russia has yet to receive official requests from the UK regarding Skripal, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday. Skripal was allegedly poisoned in the city of Salisbury, England.

According to Lavrov, Russia does not see any specific facts and arguments from Britain on the case. The deadline set by UK Prime Minister Theresa May expired on Wednesday at midnight. The British leader demanded an explanation for the “poisoning” of the 66-year-old Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, who is a Russian citizen.

The UK has chosen the tactic that allegations are more important than evidence, but this will not work, Lavrov stressed. He said that Britain is flagrantly trying to mislead the international community on the case. “Allegations, not confession, are merely the queen of evidence of the UK,” the minister said at a press conference.
“We will uphold international law and we don’t see that our British partners have any arguments on the case,” he added.

Lavrov reiterated that Moscow did not have any motives to poison the former double agent. “Yesterday both Russian and Western media argued that Russia didn’t have any motives. But those who wanted to continue this Russophobic campaign in all spheres probably had these motives,” Lavrov suggested.

The top Russian diplomat has repeatedly said that Moscow will not respond to the UK’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the alleged chemical weapon that poisoned Skripal and his daughter. “As soon as the rumors came up that the poisoning of Skripal involved a Russian-produced agent, which almost the entire English leadership has been fanning, we sent an official request for access to this compound so that our experts could test it in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention [CWC],” Lavrov had said on Tuesday.

Britain seeks urgent UN Security Council meeting over Salisbury spy attack
The British government is seeking an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to update members about the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury on March 3. British authorities claim both were poisoned with a Soviet-engineered nerve agent called Novichok. Both remain in critical condition in hospital.

The Foreign Office tweeted Wednesday morning that the British government has called for an urgent UNSC meeting over the attack. Prime Minister Theresa May alleged on Monday that it was either authorized by the Russian government or Moscow allowed the nerve agent to fall into the wrong hands.

May set a deadline of midnight Tuesday for Russia to provide an explanation for the “poisoning” of Skripal and his daughter. Speaking on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia is ready to respond to to any official request from London but Moscow has yet to receive any such contact regarding the case. Moscow denies any involvement in the incident.

Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats, UK PM Theresa May announces
Prime Minister Theresa May is set to make a statement to MPs on Russia. Her deadline for Moscow to explain why former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent on UK soil has passed.

Russia has said it will not respond to the prime minister’s demand until it has a sample of the toxin and an internationally accepted procedure is followed in the investigation. The case must go through the proper channels of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), of which both Russia and the UK are members, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. The OPCW rules allow London to send a formal inquiry to Moscow, with a 10-day window for a reply.
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共同2018/3/14 05:37

A Russian businessman and an associate of the one-time billionaire Boris Berezovsky, Nikolay Glushkov, has died in London. Police treated his death as “unexplained” but said it was not linked to the ex-double agent poisoning case.

Glushkov died in his home in London, the Russian Vedomosti newspaper board member, Damian Kudryavtsev, told the Russian Govorit Moskva radio station, citing some “common friends” he had with the deceased. He also said that the cause of Glushkov’s death is unknown to him.

In the meantime, British police confirmed the death of a man “in his 60s” who lived in Clarence Avenue, New Malden, which was Glushkov’s London residential address. Police also said that they treat the death as “unexplained,” adding that a counter-terrorism department is investigating the incident because of “associations” the deceased man is believed to have had, as reported by Reuters.

READ MORE: Russian businessman denies Sun report of his poisoning as fake news, ‘panic mongering’

At the same time, police stated that there is “no evidence” suggesting that the man’s death has any link to “the incident in Salisbury.” The police referred to a recent incident in which the exchanged Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with what they described as a nerve agent.

Despite the police statement, the businessman’s death seems to have prompted another wave of hysteria and conspiracy theories on social media.

Glushkov was a Russian businessman who worked closely with Berezovsky in 1990s. He was a deputy CEO in a number of Russian companies, including Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline.

In 1999, he was accused of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. In 2004, he was sentenced to three years and three months in prison. In 2010, he fled to the UK, where he was granted political asylum. In 2017, a Moscow court reviewed his case and he was sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia for stealing as much as $123 million from Aeroflot in the 1990s.

His close associate, Berezovsky, was also found guilty in several high-profile fraud and embezzlement cases. The tycoon, who was once one of Russia’s richest people, fled Russia in 2000, as he faced criminal charges. In 2013, Berezovsky was found dead in his home in the UK, apparently after committing suicide.

Russian businessman denies Sun report of his poisoning as fake news, ‘panic mongering’
London-based Russian businessman Georgy Shuppe has strongly denied reports of his poisoning, recently published by The Sun newspaper. He suggested that British reporters wanted to “agitate everyone” and sow “total panic.”

“Nothing of what has happened there was connected with what they wrote in the newspaper. My illness had complications and I got into hospital. Yes, police were there, they tried to find something, but they found nothing,” Shuppe said in an interview with Russian news agency RBC.

Shuppe is a venture businessman specializing in the telecom and internet sectors. He permanently resides in London, as he has been charged in Russia with conspiracy to murder one of his business partners and steal his property. The suspected conspiracy dates back to 2014. In August 2017, a UK court rejected a handover request from Moscow and released the businessman from bail.

He is also a former son-in-law of Boris Berezovsky – the late tycoon who was portrayed by mass media as “the godfather of the Kremlin” and “Vladimir Putin’s arch-enemy.” Berezovsky died in London in 2013. The police initially recognized his death as a suicide, but later the coroner recorded an open verdict in the case.

Shuppe’s comments came after The Sun published an article on Monday, alleging that the businessman had been “targeted” and “left fighting for his life” in December 2017 – “weeks before” the poisoning of the exchanged spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The Sun also alleged that British police “quietly shut down” an investigation into the incident.

When asked about possible reasons behind the false article, Shuppe said that it was “part of universal panic” that started after the Skripal poisoning, and added that British journalists had apparently decided “to agitate everyone.”

“I live, I raise my children and I feel calm. If anything happens to me, it will be of natural reasons. I have already learned to resist and to take care of my own security,” the businessman told RBC.

British police also told RBC that they never considered Shuppe’s hospitalization in December 2017 suspicious, although they confirmed that they had been duly informed about the incident.

The article containing allegations of Shuppe’s poisoning appeared as British mass media and politicians continue to speculate over the poisoning of the former GRU colonel and his daughter in Britain. Evidence reportedly shows that the two were poisoned by a military-grade binary nerve agent. Reporters and officials, including PM Theresa May, hurried to point at Russia as the alleged perpetrator of the attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia had nothing to do with the poisoning. “We’ve made a statement to dismiss this as nonsense. We have nothing to do with this,” he said. Moscow also asked that the UK provide access to facts related to the Skripal investigation, but London turned down this request.
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UK spies murdered runaway tycoon Berezovsky over Prince Philip ‘porn pics’

RT Edited time: 8 Sep, 2016 12:13
UK spies murdered runaway tycoon Berezovsky over Prince Philip ‘porn pics’ - Russian intel expert
Russian business tycoon Boris Berezovsky was assassinated by British spies after threatening to hand over scandalous photos of Prince Philip to Moscow, a Russian intelligence expert and author has said.

Critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin have long speculated that one-time billionaire Berezovsky was murdered by pro-Putin hitmen in 2013. But Moscow espionage author Gennady Sokolov has now pointed the finger at British spies, insisting the killing was connected with scandalous photos of Prince Philip, according to British tabloid the Sun.

The alleged photos, taken in the 1950s at the Thursday Club – a drinking and social set of which Prince Philip was a member – reportedly show the Duke of Edinburgh at a party with other club members and half-naked women. Prince Philip is said to have been fully clothed in the pictures.

The snaps are believed to have been taken by Prince Philip's photographer friend Baron Nahum, but were reportedly copied by a Soviet spy, Evgeny Ivanov, who brought them to the USSR during the Cold War, the writer claims. The same Evgeny Ivanov seduced Christine Keeler, the lover of then-British War Minister John Profumo.

According to Sokolov, Berezovsky acquired the photographs at some point, and likely handed them over to the British authorities – taking them out of circulation and preventing the risk of a media frenzy which could have left the Duke of Edinburgh red-faced. Sokolov believes such a move would have been part of an effort by Berezovsky to get into the good books of the British government, as he was aiming to gain political asylum in the country.

“My sources suggest there are grounds to believe that Berezovsky – then exiled in Britain – had bought the so-called ‘Royal porno collection’ from its previous owner in Russia...he may have seen it as part of his ticket to become a British citizen, out of reach of the Moscow authorities,” Sokolov said.

“It is not unreasonable to suppose that these pictures were then discreetly handed over to the Windsors as part of the arrangement that saw him gain UK citizenship, and what he doubtless hoped would be a safe new life,” he added, according to the Sun.

However, Sokolov has also entertained the notion that Berezovsky didn't hand over the photos after all, and instead was preparing to pass them to Moscow as part of an effort to leave the UK and return to his home country.

“Later, Her Majesty’s secret services disposed of the oligarch because they did not need him any longer,” Sokolov said, as quoted by the Sun.

“Or, perhaps more likely, they feared or discovered that wily Berezovsky had made copies of the sensational photographs which he was preparing to push into the wrong hands,” the author added.

He went on to suggest that Berezovsky may have already used the photos to achieve political asylum in Britain.

Sokolov says he has seen the pictures, and they are “certainly embarrassing,” noting that the Russian spy who copied them referred to them as his “Royal porno collection.” He also claimed the pictures would end the monarchy if made public.

It's not the first time Sokolov has made a shocking claim regarding Berezovsky's death. In March 2015, the author said the tycoon was killed because he was preparing to give Putin evidence of a plot involving leading oligarchs to topple the Russian president in a coup. Sokolov said Berezovsky was murdered by Western secret service agents involved in the plot.

“I am convinced it was done by the Western secret services,” Sokolov said at the time, as quoted by Mail Online. “If Berezovsky's death is a puzzle for you, it is a problem solved for me. Boris was killed simply because he possessed certain secret information and was going to make it public. This is not just my guess, I know it for sure.”

Berezovsky was found dead on the bathroom floor of his Ascot, UK, home in 2013, with a ligature around his neck. He fled Russia in 2000, taking refuge in London, after being found guilty in several high-profile fraud cases in his home country.
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2018年02月23日 福島第一原発沖の海の中からエネルギーが噴出している?

2018年02月20日 2018/2、F1でなかなかの景色が見られたらしい

2014年12月25日 宇宙人はF1南東海上で何を探索しているのか



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‘Breaking point in relations with US’ – Turkish FM

‘Breaking point in relations with US’ – Turkish FM
Turkey is “at breaking point in relations with the US,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. The two major NATO partners have recently been at loggerheads over various issues.

“People in Turkey have a very negative attitude towards the US because it doesn’t keep its word [and] constantly lies,” Cavusoglu stated addressing the students at Moscow State Institute of International Relations on Tuesday.

The relations between our countries are “at breaking point,” he said, reminding that back in February both states had established working groups to normalize bilateral ties.

Cavusoglu was apparently referring to teams set up earlier over the escalation in Manbij, where Turkey is currently conducting a military operation against the US-backed Kurds.

Cavusoglu has repeatedly stated that strained relations between the allies are heading towards a critical juncture. The two sides “will either fix these relations or they will break [down] completely,” he said back in February. Ankara felt provoked by US military support for the Kurdish forces in Syria, including the YPG. Turkey considers the YPG an arm of the PKK movement, dubbed a terrorist organization by Ankara. Washington, however, promised to cease armed support for the Kurds earlier this year.

Northern Syria: US Agrees with Withdrawal of Kurds from Manbij
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US has voiced consent over a gradual retreat of the Kurdish fighters from the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo after increasing pressures by Ankara and as the Turkish army declared plans to expand its mission against the Kurds in the region, a Turkish paper reported on Tuesday.

The Turkish-language Hürriyet Daily News quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the US has agreed on the gradual withdrawal of the Kurdish gunmen from Manbij in two days of talks between delegations from Washington and Ankara on March 8-9.

It further said that a final agreement over the plan could be reached during a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington scheduled for March 19.

Other Turkish sources said that the US tried to discuss a halt in Operation Olive Branch by the Turkish forces in Northern Syria during the talks with Ankara officials as a precondition for the Kurdish retreat from Manbij.

No independent source has yet confirmed the revelation.

Local sources reported on Saturday that people in the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo took to the streets and protested against the Kurdish fighters' rule over civilians.

The sources said that a large number of people gathered in a main square in the town of Manbij and protested against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), calling for the deployment of the government forces in their region.

The sources said that forced recruitment and several cases of arrests were the main causes behind the uprising against the Kurds.

The Arabic-language website of Russia's Sputnik news agency quoted a security source as saying last month that Damascus and the Kurds agreed on the deployment of army troops in Manbij that is now under the control of the SDF.

It added that the Syrian soldiers would enter the town in coming days.

Manbij is said to be the next phase of the Turkish army operation against the Kurds in Northern Syria.
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2018年03月12日 ソールズベリー 2 被害者の親子の側から見るととんでもなく怖い事件

Theresa May updates parliament on Russian ex-double agent poisoning (WATCH LIVE)
Prime Minister Theresa May is giving an update to MPs on the poisoning of Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. May told the Commons military-grade nerve agent from Russia was responsible for the poisoning.

She said it was "highly likely" the attack was either a direct act by the Russian state on Britain, or the Russian government allowed its nerve agent to get into the wrong hands. “The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible,” she said.

She added that Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, summoned the Russian ambassador to the foreign office on Monday. He said Russia must explain which of the two possible explanations is the correct one. She says the ambassador must reply by the end of Tuesday.

May says if Russia does not give a "credible response" the government will conclude that the attack involved "unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom." May says if the government does come to that conclusion, she will return to the Commons to outline retaliatory proposals.

Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4 when they were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center in Salisbury.

May says it was not just an attack on Skripal, but an “indiscriminate and reckless” act against Britain.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for a “robust” dialogue with Russia.

May chaired a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Monday, which brought together senior ministers with intelligence and security officials.

Russia has denied any involvement in the attack.

Show at the British Parliament – Russian Foreign Ministry reacts to May's words on Skripal case

A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign ministry called the hearing at the British parliament on Skripal case a circus show.

"The conclusion is obvious: this is another information and political campaign, based on provocation," said Maria Zakharova, commenting on the words of Theresa May.

Ex-spy Skripal poisoning 'clearly came from Russia' & 'will trigger response' – Tillerson
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has thrown his support behind UK allegations that Russia is responsible for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK, whether directly or through negligence.

The poisoning is "a really egregious act" and will "certainly trigger a response," Tillerson told reporters on board an aircraft as he was returning to Washington DC from Nigeria. And, although he admits he does not know whether the Russian government had knowledge of the attack, he has agreed with British investigators that Moscow is "likely responsible."

Tillerson said that the US has “full confidence” in the investigation carried out by the UK authorities and in the preliminary conclusions they have reached on Russia’s alleged complicity in the former spy's death. The US diplomat, however, like the UK PM before him, used the word “appears” when attributing the “attempted murder” to Russia and stopped short of providing any new evidence to support the claims.

He used the opportunity to again lash out at Russia for what the US and its allies are pitching as Moscow's "destabilizing role" in Ukraine and Syria, “and now the UK.” Moscow, Tillerson alleged, ”continues to be an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens.”

It appears that the White House and the State Department are out of sync on the matter. Shortly before Tillerson endorsed the UK government, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders refused to attribute the incident, hinting that more proof is essential to drawing any definite conclusions.

"The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against UK citizens on UK soil is an outrage," Sanders said, without speculating on culpability.

"Right now, we are standing with our UK ally," she said, when pressed by a reporter on whether the White House condemnation of the incident means it is joining the blame game. "I think they're still working through even some of the details of that, and we're going to continue to work with the UK,” Sanders responded.

Earlier, UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave Moscow until Wednesday to explain Russia’s alleged role in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Speaking in the House of Commons, she alleged that the attack was either a plot by the Russian state perpetrated on British soil or a result of Russia’s negligence that allowed a military-grade toxic agent to leave a laboratory and fall into the wrong hands.

May’s accusations against Russia have yet to be backed by proof, as no evidence has so far been released into the public domain. It did not stop MPs from pinning the blame on Russia, however, berating it as a “rogue state” and the incident as a “warlike act” that calls for a prompt response from the EU and NATO.

Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-KGB agent who fled to Britain in 2000, died in November 2006 after being poisoned with radioactive polonium 21, which was allegedly slipped into his tea. His former colleague and now Russian State Duma deputy Andrey Lugovoy was charged with the murder but denies any responsibility.
Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky was found dead in his estate near London in March 2013. The death of the businessman, who had turned into a vocal Kremlin critic in his later years, triggered speculation about Moscow’s role. However, British police have found no foul play.


Novichok (Russian новичок: "Newcomer") is a series of nerve agents that were developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s and allegedly the most deadly nerve agents ever made, with some variants possibly five to eight times more potent than VX, though this has never been proven. They belong to "fourth generation chemical weapons" designed as a part of Soviet "Foliant" program. Initially designated K-84 and later renamed A-230. The Novichok family of analogs comprises more than a hundred structural variants. Of all the variants the most promising, from a military standpoint, was A-232 (Novichok-5).


時間の経過とともに神経に作用する効果を出すらしいからガス化する? ならば人の多いところに居続けたら、周りの人も巻き添えになるリスクが高い。




UK's 'bold' accusations in Skripal case may lead to severance of diplomatic ties – Russian senators
“There are few precedents of such political pressure and blackmail, and all of them ended in one fashion – severance of diplomatic ties or their downgrade in the form of a recall of ambassadors,” Russian Senator and intelligence veteran Igor Morozov said.

The accusations represent the “utmost disrespect” towards international law, since not even a trace of evidence, proof or fact was presented to link Skripal’s case to Russia, Morozov said. Russia will wait to see the actions of London and will respond accordingly, the official warned.

“The British must realize that they will face a very stiff response from Russia, and our position will be restrained and adequate, but bold. We will see what the London move will be and respond to this challenge,” Morozov added.

The head of the Federal Council committee tasked with protecting Russia’s sovereignty, Senator Andrey Klimov, said that the whole situation around Skripal’s case looks like a premeditated anti-Russia provocation. While the former double agent was of “no interest” to Russia, the incident is very convenient for foreign intelligence services, he stated.

“If the UK decides to expel Russian diplomats in connection with the Skripal case, Moscow's response will be adequate and swift, this situation as a whole looks like a well thought-out anti-Russian move,” he said.

The provocation might be politically motivated, coming as it has shortly before the presidential elections in Russia, on March 18. “It’s a serious, real plot against our country, considering our political calendar,” Klimov said, not ruling out a possibility that the incident might also be used to disrupt the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Senator Morozov, for his part, has favored the latter version in his assessment of the UK’s actions. “I am convinced that the goal of all this is to disrupt the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This is very similar to Great Britain’s boycott of the Olympics in Sochi,” Morozov said.
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Southern Syria: Terrorists Preparing for Large-Scale Attack on Syrian Army with US Back up

Southern Syria: Terrorists Preparing for Large-Scale Attack on Syrian Army with US Back up
TEHRAN (FNA)- The terrorist groups, backed up by the US forces deployed in Southern Syria, are preparing for a large-scale assault on the Syrian Army troops in Dara'a to further provide support for the militants trapped in the Eastern countryside of Damascus city, a media outlet reported on Monday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted Khalid al-Faraj, the Commander of Tajamo Towhid al-Ummah affiliated to the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), as saying that the terrorist groups are preparing for an imminent large-scale operation against the Syrian Army troops in Dara'a to further assist their militant comrades that are under heavy attacks by the Syrian army men in Eastern Ghouta.

He further told al-Watan that the terrorists' attack will kick off in the next 48 hours, adding that the offensive will start from two flanks: one by the South Coalition towards the Death Triangle and another one by al-Jeidro Coalition towards Khirbet Qazala and Azra'a.

The terrorists' preparation for the operation came after the US deployed 200 more troops in al-Tanf base at Syria's border with Jordan that is home to the Joint Operation Room of the US and the FSA.

Also, a number of British Army officers have been dispatched to the border between Syrian and Jordan.

Field sources reported on Sunday that the army forwarded a large number of fresh forces and a large volume of military hardware to the Southern province of Dara'a as the terrorist groups were preparing for an imminent operation against the government forces in the region.

The sources said that a large number of fresh soldiers and military equipment were sent to the regions that were under the army's control in Dara'a.

The sources went on to say that most of the army soldiers deployed in the neighborhoods of Shamal al-Khat, al-Sahari, al-Matar, al-Sabil and al-Soqour were put on alert amid the army's preparation for an imminent operation in Dara'a.

The army's move to send more troops to Dara'a came after the Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists started plans to storm the army positions in Dara'a to provide back up for their comrades in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus province.

The Syrian army is advancing rapidly against terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta.
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