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Skripal: OPCW has tampered with the results of its investigation, according to Lavrov

Ⓒ AFP – Yuri KADOBNOV – | Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on April 13, 2018 in Moscow

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has tampered with the results of its investigation into the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal to accuse Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

According to Sergei Lavrov, who said that Russia has received this information confidentially, the Swiss Spiez laboratory specializing in chemical threats sent the results of its analysis to the OPCW from samples taken in Salisbury ( South of England), where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned.

“BZ was found in all samples, BZ is a nerve agent (…), it was in use in Great Britain, the United States, and other NATO countries. has never been used in the USSR and Russia, “he added.

“The BZ is not mentioned in the OPCW report, and we wonder why this information, which reflects the findings of the Spiez laboratory experts, has been omitted from this document,” said the head of Russian diplomacy. .

“And if the OPCW refutes its collaboration with the Spiez laboratory, it will be interesting to listen to their explanations,” Lavrov said.

The OPCW announced Thursday that the laboratory tests “confirm the UK’s findings on the identity of the toxic chemical agent used in Salisbury” to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter on 4 March.

The chemical is of “high purity”, said the organization, but without establishing responsibility in this case where London accuses Moscow, who claims his innocence.

The poisoning of the former Russian double agent and his daughter caused a serious diplomatic crisis between Moscow on one side and London and its Western allies on the other, resulting in the largest wave of cross-border expulsions. diplomats of history.

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