Image copyright AFP Image caption The Spiez laboratory tests chemical, biological and nuclear threats Two Russian men were arrested earlier this year on suspicion of spying on a Swiss laboratory investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a newspaper investigation has claimed.Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger and Dutch paper NRC said they were arrested in the Netherlands…
Two Russian men were arrested earlier this year on suspicion of spying on a Swiss laboratory investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a newspaper investigation has claimed.
Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger and Dutch paper NRC said they were arrested in the Netherlands earlier this year.
The Swiss lab analysed samples from the poisoning of the former Russian double agent in the UK.
It has also dealt with suspected chemical weapons from the war in Syria.
The two men were expelled from The Netherlands shortly after their arrest, which had not been reported until now.
A spokeswoman for Swiss intelligence told the BBC that the agency had been actively involved in “the case of the Russian spies”, without mentioning the laboratory at Spiez, near Bern.
But Tages Anzeiger said the Swiss intelligence agency had confirmed the findings of its joint investigation with NRC.
The report says the two men had equipment that could have been used to break into the laboratory’s computer systems, and also alleged that they worked for Russian intelligence.
Britain has said that two Russian intelligence officers were behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.
NRC said the two alleged spies targeting the Swiss lab were not the same men accused of the poisoning.
It is not clear exactly when the arrests were made. But British intelligence are said to have been involved in the intelligence operation, suggesting it occurred after the Salisbury poisonings.
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