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Russia May Have Been 'Creating And Stockpiling' Deadly Nerve Agent For 10 Years, Authorities Say

Russia May Have Been 'Creating And Stockpiling' Deadly Nerve Agent For 10 Years, Authorities Say
Updated 2 months ago

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...

So this time people are demanding the evidence be made public:

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:

As the discussion devolved into conspiracies and counter-conspiracies, one thing became clear...

H/T - Buzzfeed