March 15, 2018 / 3:23 PM / a year ago

Russia: We never had a programme to develop nerve gas named in UK spy case - Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that neither Russia nor the Soviet Union had run a programme to develop the ‘Novichok’ nerve gas which Britain says was used to poison a former double agent, the Interfax news agency reported.

Britain, the United States, Germany and France jointly called on Russia on Thursday to explain the military-grade nerve toxin attack in England which they said threatened Western security.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Jack Stubbs

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