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Britain accuses Russia of stockpiling Novichok for ten years

Source : 112 Ukraine

The use of Novichok nerve agent was a violation of Chemical Weapons Convention
14:11, 18 March 2018

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Boris Jonson, British Foreign Minister, in the interview for BBC stated that Russian has been developing Novichok nerve agent over the past ten years, The Mirror reports.

"We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok," he said.

According to him, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons experts will come from The Hague to the UK to test the samples of the nerve agent, which poisoned Skripal.

British Foreign Ministry reminded that the use of Novichok nerve agent was a violation of Chemical Weapons Convention.

Related: Expulsion of British diplomats from Russia doesn't change London's position on Skripal case

As it was reported earlier, leaders of Great Britain, France, Germany and USA claimed that poisoning of the former GRU officer Skripal and his daughter endanger their safety. The leaders stressed that they share Britain’s opinion on Russia’s involvement in this incident, and they called Moscow for providing the information about Novichok agent (a series of nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union and Russiabetween 1971–1993, -ed.) to the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).

UN Security Council had an emergency session on March 14, when Great Britain confirmed that Russia used Novichok agent to poison Skripal and his daughter. Britain also stated that Russia was highly likely to be involved in this incident, as the state did not give any explanation concerning this case to the British side within the terms set by London.

Related: Former KGB agent reports on threats month before Skripal’s poisoning

Besides, Russia was accused of illegal chemical weapon use, which is a violation of the UN Charter.

Russia denied all the accusations and demanded the British side to provide evidence and threatened to respond to London’s ultimatum.

Earlier, Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury. They were taken to the hospital with symptoms of an unknown substance poisoning. Britain thinks that Andrey Lugovoy, deputy of Russia’s Duma, former GRU officer, who acted under the order of Russian authority, is involved in this incident.

Related: Former KGB agent reports on threats month before Skripal’s poisoning

Related: Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats due to Skripal's case

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