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Chemical arms watchdog to meet over UK-Russia spy poison case

Chemical arms watchdog to meet over UK-Russia spy poison case”

"As the Prime Minister has set out in a number of statements to the Commons since 12 March, this includes our knowledge that within the last decade, Russian Federation has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents - probably for assassination - and as part of this programme has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks".

The attack has sparked a crisis in relations between Russian Federation and the West.

The chief executive of Britain's Porton Down defense laboratory says its scientists have identified the nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal, but have not verified its "precise source".

He noted that Porton Down was responsible for identifying the nerve agent and providing scientific information to the government, but not for concluding where the poison was made.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning, the accusations Russian Federation vehemently denied.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he hopes a line in the notorious Skripal case will be drawn at a session of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on April 4.

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"We want a thorough investigation". "We spoke about it in brief, Mr. President asked some questions about it", Putin said.

Scientists at the Porton Down lab have identified the poison as a Soviet-developed type of nerve agent known as Novichok, and the British government says the only plausible explanation is that it came from Russian Federation.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow expects an apology.

"As the Prime Minister has set out in a number of statements ... this includes our knowledge that within the last decade, Russia has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents probably for assassination - and as part of this programme has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks; Russia's record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views former intelligence officers as targets", the spokesperson said in a statement.

The Irish Ambassador in Moscow, Adrian McDaid, was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow and informed that one Irish diplomat would be expelled from Russia in answer to the Irish expulsion of a Russian diplomat earlier this week. Russian Federation has ordered the same number of their envoys out.

He said establishing its origin required "other inputs", some of them intelligence-based, that the Government has access to.

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The official did not divulge those details, but said Russian involvement in the attack is the only "plausible explanation".

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko in comments relayed by Russian news agencies on Tuesday called Skripal's poisoning a "provocation arranged by Britain" in order to justify high military spending because "they need a major enemy".

Police said they had been exposed to a nerve agent.

Her father remained in a critical but stable condition. British officials say his 33-year-old daughter's health is improving. In response, Moscow expelled the equal number of United Kingdom diplomats.

Lavrov said Monday that Russian Federation had requested the OPCW meeting to discuss the case and asked it to provide details of its cooperation with Britain in the poisoning probe.

Zakharova told reporters in Moscow that Britain is breaking global law by refusing to provide information on the case.

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