Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with a deadly poisonous gas known as Novichok. The British government has blamed Kremlin for the attack. The reason being is that the nerve agent used was developed by Soviet scientists. In Russia, the term Novichok means “newcomer”. This nerve agent was first developed during the cold war in 1980s. It’s development remained in secrecy until disgruntled scientist named Vil Mirzayan reveal the development of Novichok. It is believed that no country outside of Russia has developed the nerve agent.
Chemical experts have called Novichok “dangerous and sophisticated”. The nerve agent works by slowing of the heart and restriction of the airways. This leads the person exposed to the Novichok to suffered a slow and agony death by asphyxiation. In other words, many of body’s functions collapses.
The attacked of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter had caused a political upheaval in Europe. The British government has accused Russia of the attack and has expelled many Russian diplomats. Other European countries, Canada, Australia and the United States have stood in solidarity with Britain by expelling Russian diplomats. Russia has retaliated against the West by expelling western diplomats. Such moves by both sides can descend into a arm confrontation.