OPCW Experts From Hague to Investigate Poisoning of Ex-Spy Skripal

  • OPCW Experts From Hague to Investigate Poisoning of Ex-Spy Skripal

LONDON (FNI) - Independent investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive in the UK tomorrow to kick off their investigation into the nerve agent used in the attempted assassinations of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury on 4 March, UK Government told.

The team from The Hague will meet with officials from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the police to discuss the process for collecting samples, including environmental ones.

These will then be despatched to highly reputable international laboratories selected by the OPCW for testing with results expected to take a minimum of two weeks.

This is the next step in the process to independently verify the analysis carried out by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down. 

Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement to Parliament on 14 March. Russia has provided no explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the UK, and there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter. This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Kingdom. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that behind of poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Prime Minister stated that the UK government will expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers; develop proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defences against Hostile State Activity and ensure those seeking to carry out such activity cannot enter the UK; suspend all planned high-level contacts between the UK and the Russian Federation. After Russian MFA stated that they will expel 23 non grata British diplomats within a week.

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