Global watchdog to release findings on Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack

Global watchdog to release findings on Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack

The Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed this Thursday suspicions of London on poisoning of Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury (in South of England). "The latter is concluded from the nearly complete absence of impurities".

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning and Prime Minister Theresa May said that the Skripals had been attacked with a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group of poisons, developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the OPCW report as "conclusive", arguing, "There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record".

The minister said the United Kingdom had asked the OPCW to publish the executive summary of its findings in the "interest of transparency" and called a session of the OPCW Executive Council next Wednesday to discuss next steps.

Johnson's statement came after the worldwide chemical watchdog confirmed Britain's finding that Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a toxin of "high purity".

Russia has denied Britain's charges of involvement in the first known offensive use of such a nerve agent on European soil since World War Two and suggested Britain carried out the attack itself to stoke anti-Russian hysteria. His 33-year-old daughter Yulia was released from hospital this week and is said to be living with police protection.

The girl of educated former spy Sergei Skripal said Wednesday she does not want aid from the Russian Embassy because she moves from the neural agent attack that left her along with her father in vital condition and created the global furor.

Global watchdog to release findings on Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack
Global watchdog to release findings on Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack

The watchdog's report on Thursday does not say who was responsible for the attack, since that was outside the scope of its mission.

As part of their examination into the incident, the team tested samples of the chemical traces and blood samples from the Skripals, who were both receiving treatment in hospital at the time.

Yulia Skripal was released from the hospital earlier this week after being poisoned with a nerve agent last month.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "There can be no doubt what was used". Russian Federation denies any involvement, saying Britain hasn't provided evidence to support its assertion.

Yulia has been taken to a secure location, the BBC said. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Ryabkov noted that the answers to questions that Moscow sent to the authorities of France and Britain were not received. In her statement, she said that she has been made aware of the Russian embassy's attempts to contact her but she did not wish to avail of their services for the moment. She also said she did not yet want to speak to the media.

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". The OPCW was not tasked to identify where the nerve agent came from.

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