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UK failed to present any hard evidence on Skripal case, stresses Russian embassy

London is trying to impose its views on the OPCW, the embassy said

MOSCOW, June 27. /TASS/. London has not presented any hard evidence on the Skripal saga and is trying to impose its will on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Russian Embassy to the Netherlands said on Wednesday.

"Deception" is perhaps the word of the day. Has the UK presented any hard evidence on the so-called "Skripals case"? No. They embroiled their allies in the blatant campaign against Russia. Now they try to drag the #OPCW into their games at the 4th special session of the CSP (the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention)," the Embassy tweeted.

On April 12, the OPCW published its conclusions on the investigation into the incident in Salisbury, where former Russian military intelligence officer and British mole Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March. The report confirmed the information about the toxic agent but shed no light on its origin.

Although the OPCW did not publish the full version of the report, the UK came up with the claims that the organization had confirmed the Skripals’ exposure to a Novichok class agent allegedly developed in the Soviet Union. Moscow earlier rejected all of the UK’s accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russia.

On Tuesday, the UK circulated a draft resolution on empowering the OPCW to assign blame for chemical weapons incidents. The heads of the Russian, Iranian and Syrian delegations demanded a discussion on the issue and a postponement on voting on it for 24 hours.