UK to invest 48 million pounds in new chemical
weapons defense center
March 15 2018
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will invest 48 million pounds ($67
million) in a new chemical warfare defense center at its Porton Down
military research laboratory, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said
Porton Down was the facility where British scientists identified the
nerve agent used to attack Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in the city of
Salisbury. Britain has accused Moscow of being responsible for the
attack, which Moscow denies.
“Today I can announce that we’re building on our world-class expertise
of the defense science and technology laboratory at Porton Down. We’re
investing 48 million pounds in a new chemical weapons defense center to
maintain our cutting edge in chemical analysis and defense,” Williamson
said in a speech.