Switzerland films Russian spies plotting on chemicals lab

Switzerland films Russian spies plotting on chemicals lab

The Swiss intelligence service reported on Friday that it cooperated with Dutch and British partners to defeat a plot with Russian spies that were expelled from The Hague – the headquarters of the international chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW.

The FIS statement followed newspaper reports in the Netherlands and Switzerland, claiming that two men were suspected of targeting a chemical laboratory near the Swiss city of Bern. The laboratory tested the traces of the nerve gas that was used in the Salisbury attack on the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in March.

"The Swiss authorities are aware of the case of Russian spies discovered in The Hague and expelled from the same place", according to the FIS statement. "The Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) participated actively in this operation together with its Dutch and British partners.

"The FIS thus contributed to preventing illegal actions against a critical Swiss infrastructure."

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