Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
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Britain Calls For Security Meeting On Nerve Attack Findings

Britain Calls For Security Meeting On Nerve Attack Findings

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will release an executive summary of its findings at midday on Thursday (12:00am Moscow time).

The experts took samples from several locations as well as biomedical samples from the Skripals and police officer Nick Bailey, who was also exposed to the nerve agent.

"This finding massively increases the pressure on Moscow to fully explain the exact course of events and background of the first nerve agent attack on European soil", he said. "The latter is concluded from the nearly complete absence of impurities".

The Novichok class of nerve agents was developed in the Soviet Union toward the end of the Cold War, and Britain says it has evidence Russian Federation has continued to manufacture Novichok agents in the last decade.

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

However, in the wake of the Salisbury incident, the United Kingdom expelled 23 Russian diplomats and announced other restrictive measures against Moscow without presenting any evidence of its involvement in the incident.

Ms. Skripal was discharged from hospital on Monday but the 33-year-old has said her father is "still seriously ill". She said she had declined an offer of assistance from the Russian Embassy.


"This transparent and open approach, which we have pursued from the outset, is in sharp contrast to the Russian state's ongoing tactics of obfuscation and distraction", the spokesman said.

According to London, Sergei and Yulia Skripal suffered the effects of an alleged nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. British foreign manager Boris Johnson even pointed directly to newly re-elected Russian president, Vladimir Putin, as person who gave order of poisoning.

Russian Federation has said it does not have such nerve agents and President Vladimir Putin said it was nonsense to think that Moscow would have poisoned Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

"Furthermore, it remains unclear if either Sergei or Yulia Skripal agreed on a particular treatment or not".

A forensic tent covering the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found is repositioned by officials in protective suits in the centre of Salisbury on March 8.

Moscow has hit back by expelling Western diplomats, questioning how Britain knows that Russian Federation was responsible and suggesting it stemmed from a plot by British secret services. She also said she did not yet want to speak to the media. 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.

"We'd really like to understand what exactly the British aspect did to adhere to its worldwide obligation under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as well as the Allied Consular Convention, and that which were the reasons for this a unfounded conclusion", the embassy explained.

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