Russia has received responses from the OPCW on the incident in Salisbury
The HAGUE, 8 may. /Offset. TASS Vitaly Chugin/. Permanent mission of the Russian Federation received from the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) the answers to the issues raised by the Russian side after the publication of the report of the OPCW on the incident to British Salisbury. This was reported on Tuesday in an interview with TASS, Russia’s permanent representative at the organization of Alexander Shulgin.
He recalled that “the OPCW has provided technical assistance to the UK and released a report”. “We have some questions to this report, in particular, the impression was that the experts were looking for the substance, which indicated the British, — the diplomat noted. — It was not clear where it came from [chemical] BZ, why it was necessary to check a certified laboratory to send the test sample”.
“We have all these questions asked, and they recently sent us the answer, — said Shulgin. It was a purely technical answer, which you will need to learn at the expert level, and then we will have to decide”. He added that, according to the Russian side, currently, “the OPCW plays no role in the investigation of the incident in Salisbury”.
The OPCW on April 12 published a report on the results of the investigation of the incident. It has only been circulated among the States members of the organization, and the public was given a brief report on one and a half pages. The document confirms the use of toxic chemicals to poison the 66-year-old ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, however, does not indicate its name and origin.