G7 Foreign Ministers demand from Russia to publish data on Novichok nerve agent

Also, it is demanded to answer all questions connected with the incident in Salisbury
12:46, 17 April 2018


The foreign ministers of G7 countries urged Russia to disclose the program of Novichok nerve agent production to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as it is claimed in the joint statement of the foreign ministers.

'OPCW has now independently confirmed the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury. Russia should provide full and complete disclosure of its previously undeclared Novichok program to the OPCW in line with its international obligations', the message said.

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It is noted that G7 countries agree with, the U.K.’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the poisoning of ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter. 

' We condemn Russia’s continued failure to address legitimate requests from the U.K. government, which further underlines its responsibility. We call on Russia to urgently address all questions related to the incident in Salisbury'.

Related: OPCW confirms U.K. conclusion that Skripals were poisoned by nerve agent

'We welcome national action taken to constrain Russian hostile-intelligence activity and to enhance our collective security. The G7 will remain closely focused on this issue and its implications', the foreign ministers added.

As we reported on April 14, Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister claimed a chemical substance BZ, which was in service in the United States and Britain was used to poison Yulia and Sergey Skripals. Later Switzerland belied the statement of Lavrov.

Related: Yulia Skripal escorted to hospital at military base

Ex-colonel of Russia’s GRU, Chief Intelligence Department, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.

Earlier, MI6, the British secret intelligence, recommended that former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia change identities and move the U.S. to avoid any new assassination attempts. This was decided after negotiations between MI6 and their counterpart from the CIA.

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