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Salisbury attack: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms United Kingdom findings on nerve agent

Salisbury attack: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms United Kingdom findings on nerve agent Salisbury attack: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms United Kingdom findings on nerve agent
Steven Clarke | 13 April, 2018, 02:47

The U.K. called the Russian demand "perverse" and said the Chemical Weapons Convention didn't provide "for a victim to engage the likely perpetrator".

There are several variants of Novichok, a binary weapon containing two less-toxic chemicals that, when mixed, react to produce a poison several times more lethal than sarin or VX. "The report will also be presented to other signatories of the Chemical Weapons Convention". "Only Russia has the means, motive and record", he said.

Mr Skripal, 66, a former Russian military intelligence officer who acted as a double agent for the UK's intelligence services, remains in hospital in Salisbury; but is reported to be responding to treatment and is no longer in a critical condition.

The poisoning of Skripal, a former double agent who settled in Britain in 2010 after being released in a spy swap, showed "how reckless Russian Federation is prepared to be", the head of Britain's GCHQ spy agency said.

Russian Federation has refuted having any role in the Skripal case, pointing at the complete lack of evidence and requested a joint investigation, but was rejected.

It added that "the toxic chemical was of high purity". But Russia has repeatedly denied it was involved.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomed the findings, and said Russian Federation have some questions to answer.

The OPCW results confirmed that the poison "was a military-grade nerve agent, a Novichok", British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.

The impounded US Embassy vehicle at Police Station Kohsar Islamabad
The impounded US Embassy vehicle at Police Station Kohsar Islamabad

Britain has asked for a meeting of OPCW 's executive council on Wednesday to discuss the organisation's findings, and Britain is also seeking a meeting of the U.N. Security Council next week on the chemical weapons report.

Viktoria had been quoted widely in the Russian media following a phone conversation she claimed to have had with Yulia from hospital last week.

"The Salisbury Hospital has never confirmed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal had any symptoms of chemical poisoning and that they were treated precisely for this".

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

Yulia Skripal, 33, said in a statement she finds herself with a "many different daily life" compared to the main one she'd before the March 4 poisoning in southwest England.

She revealed she has rejected assistance from the Russian embassy. "So far, we doubt it much", the embassy said.

Separately, Russia shortly afterwards said it suspected British authorities of detaining the spy's daughter, who was poisoned with him, following her recent departure from hospital.

Russia's Embassy in London questioned the authenticity of Yulia's statement, saying it was crafted to support Britain's version of events and increases suspicions that she is being held against her will. "At the same time, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to assure us that Sergei and Yulia Skripal are receiving high-quality medical care, again without details", the embassy said.

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