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Agent used in Salisbury made at Russia's Shikhany military research base - Times

(Reuters) - A Russian military research base was identified as the source of the nerve agent used in Salisbury, England, at a British intelligence briefing for the country’s allies, the Times of London reported on Thursday.

The gathering was used to persuade world leaders that Moscow was behind the poisoning and said that the Novichok chemical was produced at the Shikhany facility in southwest Russia, the Times said. The briefing included suggestions that Shikhany had been used during the past decade to test whether the nerve agent could be utilised for assassinations abroad, the newspaper said.

Reporting by Shalini Nagarajan in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler