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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.com

Chemical watchdog to meet over spy nerve agent claims

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

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.

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.

A watchdog group confirms nerve agent was used on ex-spy, his daughter in Britain

  A watchdog group confirms nerve agent was used on ex-spy, his daughter in Britain A saga that's already been widely likened to a spy thriller took on a series of new plot twists Thursday: a war of words over a watchdog group's scientific report, a growing diplomatic tug of war over a stricken Russian ex-intelligence agent and his daughter, and even a seeming family feud. Britain said Thursday that an international chemical weapons monitoring organization's report strongly bolsters the case for Kremlin guilt in last month's poisoning of onetime spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33.

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.

The international chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed the UK 's analysis of the type of nerve agent used in the Russian ex - spy poisoning. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons did not name the nerve agent as Novichok, but said it agreed with the UK 's findings on its

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.

Global arms watchdog holds talks on spy poison case

  Global arms watchdog holds talks on spy poison case Diplomats held emergency talks Wednesday on the poisoning of a former Russian spy, after the global chemical arms watchdog confirmed British findings that he was the victim of a nerve agent attack. Diplomatic sources said the closed-door meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had begun at its headquarters in The Hague.It was the second meeting of the body's executive council in three days, and was called by Britain to discuss the probe into the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter last month in the British town of Salisbury.

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.

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.

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.

Russia: Trace of Western-made nerve agent seen in UK samples

  Russia: Trace of Western-made nerve agent seen in UK samples Russia's foreign minister says Moscow has received a document from a Swiss lab that analyzed the samples in the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy, which points at a Western-designed nerve agent as a likely cause. Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that Moscow received the confidential information from the laboratory in Spiez, Switzerland, that analyzed samples from the site of the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury.He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Britain and Russia trade fresh accusations after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirms Britain's finding that a former spy and his daughter were poisoned with a sophisticated nerve agent . Yulia Skripal, the daughter of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal (AP).

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.

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.

Russia denies poison in spy case came from its military lab .
Moscow denied Friday a British news report that the nerve agent used against a Russian ex-spy in England came from a military facility on the Volga River. Britain blames Russia for the March 4 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a charge the Kremlin furiously denies.Britain claims the pair were attacked using a Soviet-made military-grade nerve agent.The affair has sparked a crisis in ties between Russia and the West and a wave of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats.

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