Report: Britain believes it has found Russian lab that made nerve agent used in Salisbury attack

British security forces believe they have found the Russian lab that made the nerve agent novichok, which was used in the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury on March 4, the Times of London reported Wednesday. Security sources told the London newspaper that while they are not 100 percent certain, they have a “high degree of confidence in the location.”

A government source told the Times that security forces “knew pretty much by the time of the first Cobra [the emergency co-ordination briefing that took place the same week] that it was overwhelmingly likely to come from Russia.” 

Security sources told the Times they believe Russians conducted tests to see whether novichok could be used for assassinations.

The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia’s call for a joint investigation into the Salisbury poisoning. But Russia said the number of countries that abstained from the vote suggested many have doubts about Britain’s allegations that Moscow was behind the attack and now plans to take its denials of involvement to the U.N. Security Council.

Britain said Russia’s proposal for a joint investigation received only six votes at a special session of the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The council has representatives from 41 countries.

Russia requested the session

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