The Permanent Representation of Russia to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sent 13 questions on the case about the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergey Skripal in the UK to the Technical Secretariat of the organization. The Foreign Ministry of Russia published the questions on the website.
The questions are next:
- ‘What kind of support did London ask from the OPCW Technical Secretariat?
- Does the OPCW Technical Secretariat intend to share information provided by the British with the Executive Council, including Russia?
- Did the British side send some additional information on its own national investigation (operative, medical, legal and so on)?
- What exactly do the British ask from the OPCW Technical Secretariat to confirm: only the fact of the nerve agent’s use or that it also belongs to ‘novichok’ type according to the western classification?
- What kind of data and material evidence did the British provide to the OPCW Technical Secretariat (samples, results of samples’ analysis, other evidence)?
- Who headed the group of OPCW experts that visited the UK? What specialist joined the group? How much time did they work? With whom did they interact?
- What was the procedure of the samples’ selection? And did they observe the basic OPCW principle of the investigation’s holding (so-called chain of custody)?
- In which certified labs will the samples gotten by OPCW Technical Secretariat during the visits of its experts to the UK be analyzed?
- How much time will the OPCW Technical Secretariat need to prepare the proper conclusion?
- Did the OPCW Technical Secretariat agree for the disclosure of the investigation materials by the UK before EU countries (according to the present information, France joined the investigation)?
- Did France inform the OPCW Technical Secretariat on its joining of the technical support requested by the UK?
- Did France pass the materials of its own investigation (if such materials are present) to the OPCW Technical Secretariat?
- Can the OPCW Technical Secretariat provide the materials of the French investigation to Russia (if such materials are present) for the seeing of the results? If it cannot, why?,
Also, Moscow called the case of Skripal poisoning ‘fabricated’.
As it was reported about 30 countries of the world announced the expulsion of 144 workers of the Russian diplomatic missions in the response to the chemical attack in Salisbury. Ukraine also joined the sanctions and claimed the expulsion of 13 diplomats.