MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The Russian military discovered toxic substance, similar in its characteristics with nerve gas “Beginner”, in 1998 in the database of spectral libraries of chemical compounds National Bureau of standards USA. This was stated by the head of chemical analytical laboratory of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation Igor Rybalchenko in the program “Sunday evening” with Vladimir Solovyov on the TV channel “Russia 1”.
“In 1998, we, looking at the next version of the spectral library, which is available from the National Bureau of standards of the United States, and this library contains spectral data on about 300 thousand connections and constantly updated, we found there is a substance that has interested us because it was organophosphorus substance. And we knew that it must have a strong lethal effect. Now it turns out that, judging by the title of this substance, it was just the same “Newbie” A234. He surfaced,” said Rybalchenko.
On March 4, former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his daughter Julia were in Salisbury, according to the British side, effects of nerve agents. Later London made a statement that this substance was supposedly developed in Russia, and on this basis accused Moscow of involvement in the incident. The Russian side has categorically denied all the speculation, arguing that programmes such substances neither in the USSR nor in Russia did not exist.
Without presenting any evidence, London deported 23 of a Russian diplomat and expressed other anti-Russian measures, after which Moscow retaliated by sending out RF the same number of employees of the British Embassy, instructing to close the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Saint-Petersburg and to stop the activities of the British Council in Russia.