The soviet-era nerve agent used in Russia’s stunning assassination plot against a former spy was reportedly pumped into the target’s car through the air conditioning vents; further signaling the attack was the work of sophisticated, Kremlin-backed agents.
According to the Fox News, the deadly toxin known as ‘Novichok’ was pumped into 66-year old former Russian spy Sergei Skripal’s BMW. Skripal and his daughter were found blocks away, slumped over on a park bench.
The use of a chemical agent on European soil -the first time since the Second World War- sparked a diplomatic fallout between the UK and Russia; with Prime Minister Theresa May expelling 23 Kremlin diplomats after Vladimir Putin refused to take responsibility for the deadly attack.
The UK’s armed forces and local police are stilling scrambling to secure the quiet English town where the incident occurred; warning locals to “remain indoors” as they struggle to determine if the agent still poses a health risk to neighboring residents.
The leaders of the US, UK, France, and Germany released a scathing statement regarding the plot last week, calling the attack an “assault on UK sovereignty.”
“This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War,” said the letter. “It is an assault on UK sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of international law. It threatens the security of us all.”