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Georgian trace may be found in the case of poisoning ex-GRU colonel Sergei Skripal in Great Britain

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Georgian trace may be found in the case of poisoning ex-GRU colonel Sergei Skripal in Great Britain. Commenting on the issue, Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, focused on the U.S. Defense Department’s medical-biological activities, including in Georgia.

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No evidence given. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning  https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=, euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

For the UK response see: www.gov.uk/government/news/novichok-nerve-agent-use-in-salisbury-uk-government-response

Sakinform echoes the statements made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova on April 12, 2018. Commenting on the issue of Skripal poisoning, Zakharova noted that Russia was deeply concerned about the scales of the Pentagon’s medical-biological activities near Russian borders. Biological weapon and biological sabotage plotted by the United States against Russia is one of recurring themes of pro-Kremlin disinformation. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77462&date=

The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL), the so called Lugar Laboratory was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector: www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/sakinform-and-zakharova-looking-georgian-trace-skripal-poisoning

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Reported in: Issue 105
Date: 16.04.2018
Language: Georgian
Country: UK, Russia, US, Georgia
Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Biological weapons
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sakinform
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