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The Wall Street Journal: Russia has been secretly developing nerve agent for assassinations, U.K. says

LONDON — The U.K. government said Sunday it has evidence that Russia has spent the last decade secretly developing nerve agents to use in assassinations, in what it said was a violation of international treaties banning chemical weapons.

“We have evidence that Russia has been investigating delivery of nerve agents and has been creating and stockpiling Novichok,” Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the British Broadcasting Corp., referring to the poison British authorities say was used in the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a Russian colonel who spied for the British and was traded in a spy swap in 2010.

His statement marks the latest escalation in a diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow.

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