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OPCW says will hand over results of probe on Skripal case to UK

March 27, 2018, 21:24 UTC+3 THE HAGUE

In a show of solidarity with the UK, a number of European countries, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia, announced their decision to expel Russian diplomats over Skripal case

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THE HAGUE, March 27. /TASS/. Results of the probe into the alleged poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal will be handed over to the United Kingdom, the press service of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told TASS on Tuesday.

"The United Kingdom, as the State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention that requested technical assistance and technical evaluation from the OPCW, will receive the results," a press service officer said when asked whether the organization planned to share its conclusions with Russia.

Some media reported earlier citing OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu that the organization would share the results of the analysis of an agent Skripal and his daughter had been exposed to.

On March 4, former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, 66, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain and exchanged for Russian intelligence officers, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury. Police said they had allegedly been exposed to a nerve agent. Both are in the hospital in a critical condition.

London immediately accused Russia of being involved, but failed to produce any evidence. UK Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Russia for "unlawful use of force" against her country. She identified the alleged substance used in the attack as the Novichok nerve agent, developed in the former Soviet Union. The UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats and announced other restrictive measures against Moscow.

Russia has flatly rejected these allegations pointing out that neither the Soviet Union nor Russia had any programs to develop that substance. In response, Moscow expelled the same number of British diplomats from Russia and ordering to close the British Consulate-General in St. Petersburg and shut down the British Council’s offices in Russia.

In a show of solidarity with the UK, a number of European countries, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia announced on Monday their decision to expel Russian diplomats.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in turn this unfriendly step would not go unanswered.

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