World Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian ex-spy

16:31  12 april  2018
16:31  12 april  2018 Source:   AFP

Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian ex-spy

  Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian ex-spy <p>Samples tested by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical," it said.</p>Samples tested by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical," it said.

Britain has asked the international chemical weapons watchdog to verify its findings that Moscow is behind the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The news came after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the UK will expel 23 suspected Russian spies over the incident.

Image caption Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were poisoned by a nerve agent called Novichok. The UK has described as “perverse” a Russian proposal for a joint inquiry into the poisoning of a Russian ex - spy and his daughter in England last month.

Moscow strongly denies involvement in the March 4 Salisbury attack, which has sparked an international row resulting in the expulsions of diplomats from all sides: Moscow strongly denies involvement in the March 4 Salisbury attack, which has sparked an international dispute. © Provided by AFP Moscow strongly denies involvement in the March 4 Salisbury attack, which has sparked an international dispute.

The world's chemical arms watchdog on Thursday confirmed Britain's findings on the identity of a nerve agent used against a former Russian spy, which London has said involved the Soviet-made Novichok.

Samples tested by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical," it said.

The watchdog made no assessment of who was to blame for the March 4 attack, which also affected Sergei Skripal's daughter Yulia and a local policeman.

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But British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible.

"Only Russia has the means, motive and record."

Moscow strongly denies involvement in the attack, which has sparked an international row resulting in the expulsions of diplomats from all sides.

'Kremlin must give answers' 

Experts from the OPCW took samples from the three victims during a visit to Britain last month, which were then tested in international laboratories. In an executive summary made public at Britain's request, it said "the toxic chemical was of high purity" but did not name it.

That information and details about its structure would be in a classified report shared with OPCW signatories, it said.

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Britain has asked the international chemical weapons watchdog to verify its findings that Moscow is behind the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The news came after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the UK will expel 23 suspected Russian spies over the incident.

Russia ’s proposal for a new, joint investigation into the poisoning of an ex - spy and his daughter in England has been voted down at the international chemical weapons watchdog at The Hague. the identification of the nerve agent used .

Johnson said the chemical "was a military grade nerve agent — a Novichok," a group of deadly chemical compounds reportedly developed by the Soviet government in the 1970s and 1980s.

"We have called a session of the OPCW Executive Council next Wednesday to discuss next steps. The Kremlin must give answers," he added.

Alastair Hay, professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds, said the findings were a "vindication" of Britain's position.

He added: "The high purity of the substance will strengthen the UK's position that the agent was made by a highly proficient team and in a well refined process."

Prime Minister Theresa May's government has said Russia was known to have used Novichok, and pointed to the country's pattern of "reckless behavior," including the annexation of Crimea.

Russia insists it has destroyed all of its chemical weapons and has responded angrily to suggestions it targeted Skripal, a former intelligence officer who sold secrets to the British.

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Britain has asked the international chemical weapons watchdog to verify its findings that Moscow is behind the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The news came after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the UK will expel 23 suspected Russian spies over the incident.

Skripal moved to Britain in a spy swap in 2010 and settled in Salisbury, and Yulia was visiting from Russia when they were poisoned, likely via contamination from his front door. Despite initial fears that they would not survive, Yulia Skripal was released from the hospital to an undisclosed location on Monday, while her father is said to be improving rapidly.

The Russian embassy in London has requested consular access to Skripal, and warned that any secret resettlement of the family "will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation."

In a statement issued through British police on Wednesday, Yulia Skripal said she did not currently want any help from the embassy, adding: "I am safe and feeling better as time goes by."

She said her father "is still seriously ill" and said she herself is "still suffering with the effects of the nerve agent used against us."

She also distanced herself from her cousin Viktoria Skripal, who has spoken to Russian media about the poisoning and has sought to visit Britain, although her visa was rejected. 

"I thank my cousin Viktoria for her concern for us, but ask that she does not visit me or try to contact me for the time being," Yulia Skripal said.

Poisoned Yulia Skripal has been discharged from British hospital-BBC .
Yulia Skripal has been discharged from a British hospital, the BBC reported on Tuesday, just over a month after being poisoned with a nerve agent along with her father Sergei, a former Russian double agent. The Skripals were found unconscious on a bench on March 4 in the southern English city of Salisbury and they were in a critical condition for weeks until their health began to improve rapidly.Britain says they were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent and has blamed Russia for the attack. Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident which has plunged its relations with the West to a post-Cold War low.

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