上海419论坛Russia’s call for a joint inquiry into the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in England is “perverse”, the UK has told the international chemical weapons watchdog in the Hague.
The victim of an attack is not required to work with the “likely perpetrator”, UK acting representative John Foggo told the OPCW’s executive council.
Russia called the meeting to challenge the UK, which has blamed Moscow for the March 4 poisoning.
It has strongly denied any involvement.
The British government says a military-grade Novichok nerve agent of a type developed by Russia was used in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, southern England.
The incident has caused a major diplomatic fallout, with the expulsion of some 150 Russian diplomats by the UK and its allies being met by counter-expulsions by Moscow.
On Tuesday the UK’s Porton Down laboratory said it could not verify the precise source of the Novichok nerve agent used in Salisbury, although it did say it was likely to have been deployed by a “state actor”.上海419论坛
The comments were seized upon by Russia to discredit the UK’s accusations. On Wednesday, the European Union re-iterated that it backed the UK’s assessment that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible.
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In the Hague, Mr Foggo told the emergency OPCW meeting that the UK had blamed Russia based on:
the identification of the nerve agent used
knowledge that Russia “has produced this agent and remains capable of doing so”
Russia’s record of conducting state sponsored assassinations
The assessment that Russia “views defectors as suitable targets for assassination”
He said that Russia had offered more than 24 “contradictory and changing counter-narratives” about the attack, including “preposterous” suggestions that Sweden, the US or Britain itself could have been responsible.
The EU delegation offered its full support to Britain, saying Russia had unleashed “a flood of insinuations targeting its member states” in the aftermath of the poisoning.
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Russia’s President Putin, speaking in the Turkish capital Ankara, said he hoped “common sense” would prevail.
What is the OPCW meeting about?
Russia called the meeting because, among other things, it wants to know what kind of evidence the UK has provided to the OPCW – the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; which inspectors visited the site of the attack in Salisbury, who they met and where the samples are being analysed.
A team believed to be from the OPCW carry out tests in Salisbury
Diplomats at the OPCW said the Russian proposal for a joint inquiry – seen by Western powers as an attempt to undermine the OPCW’s existing investigation – was unlikely to be approved by the 41-nation executive council with the two-thirds majority required.
The OPCW expects to receive the results of its own independent laboratory tests within a week.
It does not have the power to attribute blame, but it could ask the Kremlin to grant its inspectors access to former Soviet Union production facilities to check all of their chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed.上海419论坛