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The OPCW confirms the London version of the Russian origin of the nerve agent that poisoned the Skripal

The Theresa May government convenes a meeting with the organization next Wednesday to discuss the next steps

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The OPCW confirms the London version of the Russian origin of the nerve agent that poisoned the Skripal

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 analyses thus confirm that neurotoxic used in attack on Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter was produced in Russia, although in two-page communiqué name of that country does not appear. A third citizen, Nicholas Bailey, was also intoxicated, according to Organization's note. In addition, experts report that toxic agent was highly pure, but do not reveal, however, specific name of poison.

"Laboratory analysis results (...) Confirm findings of United Kingdom in relation to identity of toxic chemical, "said organization based in The Hague in its report presented in London which gives understanding, refore, that corroborates version of Downing Street in which from outset pointed to that The agent was made in Russia. The analyses — carried out on blood of poisoned and remains at scene — have been carried out by four independent laboratories of OPCW, although affiliated with organization based in The Hague, reports Reuters.

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"According to usual practice, experts of OPCW have sent final version of ir report to British state, which made request" weeks ago, has asserted a representative of entity quoted by British means.

In response, British government has convened a meeting with OPCW on 18 April. "We will now work closely with our partners to clarify grotesque use of this weapon and convene OPCW council to discuss next steps," Johnson said Thursday through a statement collected by Reuters.

Skripal and his daughter were found on March 4 unconscious in a bank of streets of British town of Salisbury. The country's authorities determined that y had been poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent and accused Russia of it. British foreign manager Boris Johnson even pointed directly to newly re-elected Russian president, Vladimir Putin, as person who gave order of poisoning.

Reprisals

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation and called on ir international allies to follow in ir footsteps. A total of 28 countries, most of m European but also United States, Ukraine and Australia, joined expulsion measures of Russian personnel in ir respective countries.

Putin, who had announced a "symmetrical response" to massive expulsion of his agents, has denied any responsibility for attack on Skripal. For Moscow, it is "a grotesque provocation" of British and American intelligence.

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