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Russia to update its list of questions to OPCW - Russian ambassador

April 19, 1:20 UTC+3 THE HAGUE

The newly revealed circumstances make it possible to think that the Salisbury incident was choreographed by the British special services, Alexander Shulgin said

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THE HAGUE, April 18. /TASS/. Russia will update its list of question to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the light of newly revealed circumstances, Russia’s Permanent Representative to that organization Alexander Shulgin said on Wednesday after an extraordinary meeting of the OPCW Executive Council on the Salisbury incident.

"You can take it from me, we have handed over a long list of questions to the OPCW Technical Secretariat and are waiting for their answers. And following today’s discussion, we will update this list," he said.

According to the Russian diplomat, the newly revealed circumstances make it possible, with a greater certainty, to think that the Salisbury incident was choreographed by the British special services. "And in the light of what I have told about varying clinical evidence, about the toxic agent, about the BZ warfare agent, we do have vehement suspicion that this entire unsavory story was plotted by the British security services," he stressed.

"There are a lot more dubious aspects. We have handed over a long list of questions to our British colleagues. But they are in no hurry to answer. I have doubts they give any answers at all because of their arrogant position," Shulgin added.

On March 4, former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, 66, who had been earlier sentenced in Russia for spying for the UK, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, UK. Police said they had been exposed to a nerve agent.

Later, London claimed that the toxin of Novichok-class had been allegedly developed in Russia. With that, the UK rushed to accuse Russia of being involved, while failing to produce any evidence. Moscow refuted the accusations that it had participated in the incident and points out that neither the Soviet Union nor Russia have ever done research into that toxic chemical.

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