Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the UK and chemical nerve agent "Novichok".
The United Kingdom's relation to the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, is in no way connected to its former membership of the European Union.
In the past, the pro-Kremlin media have alleged that "Novichok" could have been produced in Porton Down laboratory in the UK. After the poisoning of Sergey and Yuliya Skripal with Novichok in Salisbury in 2018, Russian scientist who originally developed the nerve agent, Dr. Vil Mirzayanov said that “many countries could have had test samples, but production was only refined in the U.S.S.R. and Russia” and that Russia had to be behind the attempt on the Skripals because it “is the country that invented it, has the experience, turned it into a weapon... has fully mastered the cycle.”
A recently published year-long investigation by Bellingcat has discovered evidence that Russia continued its Novichok development programme long beyond the officially announced closure date.
This disinformation claim appeared in the context of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after the use of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group was established beyond any doubt by a specialist Bundeswehr laboratory.