Ger­many gave poi­son sam­ple

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ger­many’s foreign in­tel­li­gence ser­vice se­cured a sam­ple of the Soviet-de­vel­oped nerve agent Novi­chok in the 1990s and passed on its knowl­edge to part­ners in­clud­ing Bri­tain and the US, ac­cord­ing to Ger­man me­dia re­ports.

Bri­tain says an at­tack ear­lier this year on for­mer Rus­sian spy Sergei Skri­pal and his daugh­ter Yu­lia was car­ried out us­ing Novi­chok, and blames Rus­sia.

Ger­man news­pa­pers and broad­cast­ers said in a joint re­port yes­ter­day the West’s knowl­edge of the sub­stance stems largely from a sam­ple ob­tained by Ger­many’s BND agency in the 1990s.

The BND re­fused to com­ment.

„ Yu­lia Skri­pal was in­fected by Novi­chok.

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