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Russia urged to cooperate with chemical weapons watchdog

 The Hague, April 4: Russia must cooperate with the global chemical weapons watchdog’s investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, the EU said on Wednesday during an emergency session here with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. “It is imperative that the Russian Federation responds to the British government’s legitimate questions, begins to cooperate with the OPCW secretariat and provides full and complete disclosure to the OPCW,” the EU said. Wednesday’s meeting was called by Russia, which wants the UK to share the evidence about the attack, the Guardian reported. Among other things, Moscow wants to know what kind of evidence the UK provided to the OPCW, which inspectors visited the site of the attack in Salisbury, who they met and where the samples are being alysed.

On Tuesday, the chief executive of the British government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Gary Aitkenhead, said British scientists had identified the nerve agent used as Novichok but were not able to identify the precise source.  (IANS)

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