Russian spy poison may have been deadliest nerve agent ever produced:
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter might have been poisoned by the deadliest nerve agent ever produced, it has been claimed.
Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia remain severely sick following the shocking attempted assassination in Salisbury, Wilts., last Sunday.
Police confirmed that a nerve agent was used in the attack that also left Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey in hospital.
It’s believed to be the first time that a chemical weapon was used on the streets of Britain.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the nerve agent is “very rare” and specialists seem to have ruled out both VX, developed by Britain in the 1950s and Sarin, developed by Germany in the 1930s.
Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the former head of Britain’s Chemical, Biological Radiation and Nuclear Regiment, said that leaves Novichok as the most likely option.
This group of nerve agents was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s and is said to be up to ten times more powerful than VX.
Colonel de Bretton-Gordon told the Express: “It is designed to be undetectable for any standard chemical security testing.
“Skripal would only have needed to touch it, as he opened a parcel, for it to be absorbed into his bloodstream.”