Independent inspectors back up United Kingdom assessment that Russian Federation poisoned former spy

Lester Mason
April 12, 2018

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the conclusions of the United Kingdom that ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal was poisoned by the nerve agent as BBC reported.

Johnson said Russian Federation "must give answers" after a military grade Novichok nerve agent hospitalised Skripal, his daughter and a British police officer.

It states: "The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirms the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people".

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

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the testing was carried out by "four independent, highly reputable laboratories around the world", all of which "returned the same conclusive results".

Yulia and her father Sergei, a former Russian double agent, were found on March 4 slumped over on a park bench in Salisbury, a quiet city in the southwest of England.

It said the poison was of "high purity" but declined to identify it publicly, adding that "the name and structure of the identified toxic chemical are contained in the full classified report" issued to member states.

The executive summary released by the OPCW does not mention Novichok by name.

The OPCW did not identify the source of the chemical which Britain has said could only come from Russian Federation.

The new findings came as Yulia Skripal said that she did not wish to take up the offer of services from the Russian Embassy in London.

Yulia Skripal, 33, was released from the hospital earlier this week and transferred to an undisclosed "secure location".

It escalated the war of words on Tuesday, saying in a series of statements posted on social media: "Secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation".

A Foreign Office spokesman said it had asked the OPCW to distribute the report to all state parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, including Russian Federation. "The Kremlin must give answers".

More than 150 Russian diplomats have been expelled by 29 countries and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after the British government convinced global allies that there was no plausible alternative explanation than for Russia to have carried out the attack.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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