Swiss Governmental Lab identifies the Substance used on the Skripal case as being linked to NATO?
Dr. Andrea Galli (Swiss investigator at Swiss East Affairs)
Britain has accused Russia of carrying out an attempted assassination of the ex-double-agent Mr Skripal using nerve agents belonging to the Novichok group. Mr Skripal was found unconscious with his 33-year-old daughter on a park bench on 4 March in Salisbury, with medical staff later determining they had been exposes to a nerve agent. Ms Skripal is recovering from the attack after being discharged from hospital on Monday. Mr Skripal remains ill in hospital. The incident has exacerbated a major crisis between Russia and the west.
The Swiss Institute for the Protection of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons (Schweizerisches Institut für ABC-Schutz, www.labor-spiez.ch) is a world-renowned swiss governmental run centre of excellence in the domain of WMD forensic analysis. It proceeded to analyse the substance found at Salisbury at the request of the OPCW. Lavrov said he received confidential results from Switzerland’s government-run Lab.
According to the report of the Swiss Lab the poison found at Salisbury by OPCW investigators looking into the Skripal affair, there are traces of the toxic agent 3-Quinuclidinyl Benzilate and traces of A-234 – one of the nerve agents of the novichok group – in its original form and in a concentration that would have killed the Skripals, not explaining the clinical picture of the Skripals. However, the presence of 3-Quinuclidinyl Benzilate explains the clinical picture of the Skripals.
3-Quinuclidinyl Benzilate was developed and weaponized in the 1960s as a new chemical agent for battlefield use as a psychochemical and assigned the NATO code Agent BZ.
Agent BZ is a NATO nerve-poisoning agent and a nonlethal chemical weapon that can render the enemy too irritable to fight but has unpredictable effects. While nonfatal, agent BZ causes a wide array of potentially incapacitating symptoms in its victims: soldiers can become disoriented or even experience hallucinations, according to a U.S. Army manual from 1963 that can be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
“The incapacitating agent BZ munitions give the commander a capability to apply a nonlethal force in selected situations,” the document explains.
Less than 1 mg of BZ takes 30-60 minutes to act and can produce acute brain syndrome, characterized by delirium lasting for 3–5 days, which can be reversed by physostigmine and other anticholinesterases. Chemical agents that consistently produce changes in thought, perception and mood, without causing any major disturbances in the autonomic nervous system or other serious disability, are classified as psychomimetic agents. It is a psychedelics group of substance that includes a large variety of compounds. Among them, LSD is the most well known member.
What is now with the sanctions against Russia since they have never worked on this type of substance? The laboratory did not immediately respond to the claims, which came late Saturday afternoon. An insider with access to the Swiss-lab has confirmed on Sunday 15, April the results cited by Lavrov.
The Skripal case, as well as the recent alleged use of chemical weapons by Russian ally Syria, has placed world focus on the use of chemical weapons, culminating in a Western missile strike on a series of targets in Syria.
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