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Russian spy attack nerve agent was rare, dangerous and sophisticated

WorldNews Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Russian spy attack nerve agent was rare, dangerous and sophisticated(CNN)It's been described as the among the deadliest chemical weapons ever made. But Novichok, the substance confirmed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to have been used in the attempted murder of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, is not merely lethal, it's also highly unusual. It's so unusual in fact, that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience in dealing with it. The substance, which means "newcomer" in Russian, was first developed in secret by the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s, as a means of countering US chemical weapons defenses. Its existence remained secret until the mid-nineties, when information regarding its production was...
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News video: Nerve agent used in attempted murder of ex-Russian spy - UK police

▶ Nerve agent used in attempted murder of ex-Russian spy - UK police 01:20

British police are treating an incident in which a Russian ex-spy and his daughter fell critically ill as attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent, the head of counter terrorism policing said on Wednesday. David Doyle reports.

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