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U.K. urges to put Novichok nerve agent into Chemical Weapons Convention

The U.K. supported an initiative in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to update the annex to the Chemical Weapons Convention after the attack in Salisbury
13:58, 11 October 2018

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The United Kingdom urged the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to put nerve agent "Novichok" into the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as the Permanent Delegation of the U.K. to OPCW reported on Twitter.


"Today the UK supported an initiative in the OPCW to update the annex to the chemical weapons convention to specifically list Novichok nerve agents," the message said.

Related: Russian media claims another suspect in Skripal case

The country is sure that it will help to strengthen the international security architecture that bans the using of the chemical weapons after the attack in Salisbury.

Reportedly, the Crown Prosecution Service of the U.K. called the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The police suspect Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. They are accused of the poisoning of Skripals, a police officer who participated in the investigation, and two U.K. citizens in Amesbury. 

Related: Skripal case: Mishkin and Chepiga seized Ukraine’s state institutions

Later it was reported that there could be four more suspects in the Skripal case, apart from Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whose names were revealed by the British counter-intelligence. 

As it was reported earlier, one of the suspects of poisoning Sergey Skripal in British Salisbury, Russian Ruslan Boshirov turned out to be Anatoliy Chepiga, the Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia (GRU)

Related: Skripal case: Suspected Petrov turns out to be military doctor Aleksandr Mishkin

Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in British Salisbury. Theresa May, British PM, stated that Russia was responsible for that, and the investigation has confirmed the use of the Novichok nerve agent, which was produced in Russia. 

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