Watchdog backs United Kingdom on toxic nerve agent

Military personnel wearing protective suits remove a police car and other vehicles from a public car park

Military personnel wearing protective suits remove a police car and other vehicles from a public car park

"There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record", British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement celebrating the OPCW report.

The chemical weapon used in Salisbury was of "high purity", the watchdog said.

"Laboratory analysis results (.) Confirm findings of United Kingdom in relation to identity of toxic chemical, "said organization based in The Hague in its report presented in London which gives understanding, refore, that corroborates version of Downing Street in which from outset pointed to that The agent was made in Russian Federation". British authorities have explicitly identified the substance as novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed in the Soviet era and intimately associated with Russian Federation.

Former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on March 4 at a shopping center in Salisbury, England.

According to the embassy's maycommentary, "the case against Russian Federation is based on three elements: the identification of the chemical agent, far-fetched speculations and conclusions regarding the "operational experience" and "motive", as well as unverifiable 'intelligence'".

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which collected its own samples in Salisbury at Britain's request, did not assign blame for the attack, in which Russian Federation has denied involvement, or name the chemical agent.

Yulia Skripal has been discharged from a hospital after more than a month, the hospital where she was receiving treatment said Tuesday. This has also prevented it from acting on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Sergei, 66, remains in the hospital while Yulia, 33, has recovered and been released. Russia's ambassador to Britain Aleksandr Yakovenko expressed surprise and asked two questions: what the reasons for spying on Skripal in London after his release in Moscow were and why British special services had never complained Skripal was under surveillance.

Sedwill asserted that much in a letter that he addressed to NATO's secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, explaining Britain's conclusion that the Russian government is to blame for the military-grade nerve agent used against Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

Mr Johnson said the United Kingdom had invited the OPCW to test the samples "to ensure strict adherence to worldwide chemical weapons protocols".

She added that her father remains "seriously ill", and that she is suffering from the attack.

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