19 Apr 2018 10:03

Russian Investigative Committee learns about origin of substance that poisoned Skripals from experts - spokesperson

MOSCOW. April 19 (Interfax) - The Russian Investigative Committee knows where the substance which the father and daughter Skripal were exposed to in the United Kingdom was made, committee spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko told Interfax on Wednesday.

"The investigators have also received information from experts about the origin and effects of the nerve gas that, according to the UK, poisoned the Skripals," Petrenko said.

She did not provide further details.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry's Center for Analytical Research on Chemical and Biological Weapon Conventions, Viktor Kholstov, said in a video posted on the Russian Investigative Committee's official channel on Youtube that "if it had really been the substance alleged by the Britons, I believe it would have had much severer consequences [for the Skripals]."

U.S. experts made an analysis of toxin antidotes back in 1979, Kholstov said. "Their [report] said that ordinary antidotes are practically useless in case of exposure to the existent nerve gases," he said.