Two Russian spies have reportedly been arrested in the spring on their way to a Swiss chemistry laboratory in the Netherlands and sent back to their homeland.
The Swiss “Tages-Anzeiger” and the Dutch newspaper “NRC Handelsblad” reported on Thursday evening, citing anonymous sources, the two were suspected of wanting to explore the run by the Federal Laboratory Spiez. Particularly explosive: The facility is investigating allegedly not only alleged poison gas attacks in Syria, but also allegations against Moscow in the case of the Russian ex-double agent Sergej Skripal, who was poisoned at the beginning of March in England.
The Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (NDB) confirmed the “Tages-Anzeiger” that the authorities “the case of the detected in the Hague and then weggeschaffte Russian spies is known.” NDB communications chief Isabelle Graber said: “The NDB has actively participated in this operation, along with its Dutch and British partners.” This has contributed to “preventing illegal action against a critical Swiss infrastructure”.
According to research of the newspaper, the Labor Spiez is meant. The communications chief of the laboratory, Andreas Bucher, said he could not comment on the information provided by the NDB. “We can confirm that the Spiez laboratory was targeted for hacker attacks. We are prepared for that. Data did not leak. ”
According to NRC Handelsblad, the two spies had equipment to enter the laboratory’s computer network. In The Hague is the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW), which dealt intensively with the events in Syria and Salisbury. One of the most important reference laboratories is Spiez.
Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations that Russian spies were responsible for the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. In addition, Russia denies that the Syrian army has used chemical weapons. Moscow supports the Syrian government in the civil war.