The media learned about the attempts of “Russian agents” to spy on the lab in Switzerland
Two Russian agents tried to spy on the Institute in the Swiss town of Spiez, which deals with the study of biological and chemical weapons, however they were detained in the Hague and sent. It is reported by the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger on the results of a joint investigation with the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
According to these papers, two Russians detained in the spring. The exact date and the circumstances of the incident are unknown.
In response to the request of the publications in the Swiss intelligence service said that authorities are “aware of the case of the Russian spies discovered in the Hague, and then expelled”.
“The Swiss intelligence service actively participated in this operation along with the Dutch and British colleagues. This has contributed to the prevention of illegal actions against the Swiss critical infrastructure,” — said the Agency.
The representative of the Institute in Spitz said he could not comment on information of the intelligence service. “We can confirm that the laboratory in Spiez was the target of hacker attacks. We were ready for it, the leaks didn’t happen,” he said. As the Tages Anzeiger writes, in June it became known that the email was sent the invitation to the conference of the Institute in Spiez, which contained malware.
Tages Anzeiger, citing sources, said that the actions committed in the Netherlands, “were more than attacks via the Internet”: after the detention of the Russians was found espionage equipment. Why they were sent without handing over to the authorities of the Netherlands or Switzerland, is not known, the newspaper said.
As emphasized by the publication, experts from the Institute held in the last months of the study as gas attacks in Syria, and substance, which was poisoned ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia.
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In April, a purported Institute in Spitz referred to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. Commenting on the report of the OPCW on the poisoning Skrobala, he said that the document does not fully presents an analysis of the Swiss laboratory. According to him, the report of the laboratory in Spiez on the results of the investigations in the case of the poisoned Russians that it was not only the poison of the Novice class, but the substance BZ, which was adopted by the USA, UK and other NATO countries. However, Lavrov argued in the final report of the OPCW information about BZ is not included.
Laboratory in Spiez the same day, responded to Lavrov’s statement. “We can repeat what I said ten days ago: we have no doubt that Porton Down [the British laboratory] identified the substance “Beginner”. Porton Down, like Spitz, is designated laboratory of the OPCW. Inspection standards are so strict that the findings can be trusted, she said.
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