- BZ Samples Tested at Swiss Lab in Skripal Case ‘Nothing To Do’ with Salisbury – OPCW Chief
Samples of the BZ nerve agent were tested at the OPCW-accredited Swiss lab in the Skripal poisoning case, but only as part of control procedures, the chemical watchdog said, adding they otherwise had “nothing to do” with the case.
Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), made comments on Wednesday to the OPCW executive council. He and Marc-Michael Blum, the head of the technical assistance team that was deployed to the UK to assist in the high-profile case in Salisbury, delivered an update on the OPCW’s work related to the case.
Uzumcu distanced the organization from the public debate on the double agent Sergei Skripal’s poisoning, but addressed the remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said last week that a Swiss laboratory accredited by the OPCW and involved in the probe had found the chemical BZ in the sample provided from Salisbury.
“The precursor of BZ that is referred to in the public statements, commonly known as 3Q, was contained in the control sample prepared by the OPCW Lab in accordance with the existing quality control procedures,” the OPCW director general said. “Otherwise it has nothing to do with the samples collected by the OPCW Team in Salisbury. This chemical was reported back to the OPCW by the two designated labs and the findings are duly reflected in the report.”