U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that Britain has evidence Russia has been stockpiling the nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. If true, the accusation may mean Russia is in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Appearing on The Andrew Marr Show, Johnson said:
We actually have evidence within the last 10 years, Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassinations but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok. To the best of our knowledge this is a Russian-made nerve agent that falls within the category of Novichok, made only by Russia. We gave the Russians every opportunity to come up with an alternative hypothesis ... and they haven’t.
Twitter wasn't buying it just yet, since many felt like they had heard this one before...
Is this same kind of “evidence” that led us into war in Iraq?— Carl Lomax (@a_non_e_mouse) March 18, 2018
So this time people are demanding the evidence be made public:
We have... evidence. Show the world... your evidences. Simple.— Zé Bitaite (@Bitaitando) March 18, 2018
So show us the proof then? Even if you do, does that conclusively proof they used it in Salisbury??— Kamatron (@KamChan08) March 18, 2018
Vladimir Chizhov, the Russian ambassador to the European Union, made a counter accusation. He said that Porton Down, where the nerve agent was identified, is the largest U.K. military facility and is only eight miles from the site of the attack.
Some on Twitter echoed the accusation:
if the substance is only made in Russia, how come the Brits have some to compare? and show this to me....— lifeinthemix (@lifeinthemix) March 18, 2018
Only 6 miles from Porton Down. Europe's biggest stockpile of nerve agents of all sorts.— Steve H (@ukgranddad) March 8, 2018
As the discussion devolved into conspiracies and counter-conspiracies, one thing became clear...
In the murky world of espionage, who can you believe.— Murray Williamson (@MurrayWilliam18) March 18, 2018
H/T - Buzzfeed