OPCW confirms U.K. conclusion that Skripals were poisoned by nerve agent

OPCW confirms U.K. conclusion that Skripals were poisoned by nerve agent

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the conclusions of the UK that ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal was poisoned by the nerve agent as BBC reported.

According to the message, the OPCW did not name the nerve agent as Novichok, but said it agreed with the UK's findings on its identity. The UK states that Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by Novichok nerve agent made in Russia. Russia denies all accusations.
The OPCW held the investigation upon the request of the U.K. government.

Ex-colonel of Russia’s GRU, Chief Intelligence Department, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.

Earlier, MI6, the British secret intelligence, recommended that former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia change identities and move the U.S. to avoid any new assassination attempts. This was decided after negotiations between MI6 and their counterpart from the CIA.

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