Newsbud Exclusive- BZ, Novichok & the Skripal Case.

As it turns out, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were not poisoned with the Russian nerve agent Novichok, said to cause death from respiratory and cardiac arrest.

According to tests conducted by the Spiez Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection, a division of the Federal Office for Civil Protection, it wasn’t Novichok that incapacitated the Skripals. It was a substance known as BZ, short for 3-Quinuclidinyl Benzilate.

BZ is not produced in Russia. It is used by the United States, the United Kingdom, and other NATO states.

The Spiez Laboratory worked with the Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on samples provided by the British government. The OPCW, an intergovernmental organization and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997, limited itself only to confirming the formula of the substance and omitted other facts discovered during its research.

After Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asked for clarification on the organization’s findings and mentioned the presence of BZ, Spiez tweeted on April 14 “Only OPCW can comment this assertion. But we can repeat what we stated 10 days ago: We have no doubt that Porton Down has identified Novichock. PD—like Spiez—is a designated lab of the OPCW. The standards in verification are so rigid that one can trust the findings.”

Lavrov went on to say London has refused to answer dozens of specific questions about the Salisbury incident and also did not respond to Russia’s demand for additional evidence. Instead, the British government wanted Russia to admit it was responsible for the presence of Novichok in the country and take responsibility for the poisoning.

“We get the impression that the British government is deliberately pursuing the policy of destroying all possible evidence, classifying all remaining materials and making a transparent investigation impossible," Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom, said last week.

BZ is classified as a hallucinogenic chemical warfare agent. It is an anticholinergic agent that affects both the peripheral and central nervous systems and one of the most potent anticholinergic psychomimetics known, with only small doses necessary to produce incapacitation, according to Dr. Christopher P Holstege [READ MORE]

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