Rus­sians ex­pelled for weapons lab in­ci­dent

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - WORLD NEWS -

Dutch au­thor­i­ties ex­pelled two sus­pected Rus­sian spies who tried to hack into a Swiss lab­o­ra­tory that con­ducts tests for the UNbacked chem­i­cal weapons watch­dog, Switzer­land’s in­tel­li­gence agency said.

The Fed­eral In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice (FIS) said it worked “ac­tively” with Bri­tish and Dutch part­ners on the case in­volv­ing the Spiez Lab­o­ra­tory that led to the ar­rests of two Rus­sians.

The lab pro­vides arms con­trol and other ser­vices.

The FIS con­fir­ma­tion came af­ter news­pa­pers re­ported that two Rus­sians sus­pected of be­ing agents of mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence ser­vice GRU were kicked out of the Nether­lands ear­lier this year as a re­sult of a Europewide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Swiss at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice said it had iden­ti­fied “two in­di­vid­u­als” as part of a broader in­ves­ti­ga­tion opened last year. The lab an­a­lysed sam­ples linked to the poi­son­ing in Bri­tain of ex-Rus­sian spy Sergei Skri­pal and his daugh­ter.

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