LONDON, March 24. /TASS/. The statement of the head of the secret laboratory of the Ministry of defence in Porton Down Gary Aitkenhead confirms that this object is the development of toxic substances. This was reported on Saturday the press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in London.
Commenting on the words of Aitkenhead that in the laboratory adopted the strict control measures that do not allow “anything to leak out beyond the four walls of the facility,” member of a diplomatic mission said: “the British side actually confirmed that this is a secret facility under development and study of new components of chemical warfare agents”. “It is noteworthy that Attended did not deny the existence of stockpiles of chemical weapons, including, apparently, the substance A-234, which, according to official statements of the British side, was used for poisoning family Skipala and Sergeant nick Bailey”, he added.
Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy reminded that the presence of these samples, 19 Mar hinted and Minister for foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson. “These statements leave us no choice but with a new power to require the provision of full information about the investigation and disclosure program for the production of chemical warfare agents at Porton Down”, – concluded the Russian diplomat.
The administration of the British military lab at Porton Down a possibility of any of their relation to a perfect 4 Mar poisoning in Salisbury of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, who was sentenced in Russia for espionage, and his daughter Julia. The argument Aitkenhead cited the fact that the control over the operation and security led them to object are provided at the highest level.
On Thursday, the Russian Ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko issued a statement and made it clear that arrived in Salisbury, the experts of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) will need to figure out how the British authorities were able to quickly determine that the nerve substance, which was allegedly poisoned Skrypali, this is referred to official London substance A-234. And is it, asked the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, about the likelihood that “the British authorities already had this nerve substance in their chemical laboratory in Porton Down, which is the largest secret military facility in the UK with chemical weapons.”
In this regard, the head of Russian diplomacy in the UK asked the question about whether it is possible to consider as coincidence that this site is located only 8 miles (13 km) from the place of incident.