Russia Loses Vote By Chemical-Weapons Watchdog Over New U.K. Poisoning Probe

Russia has lost a vote by the global chemical-weapons watchdog for a new joint investigation, including Russian participation, into a nerve-agent attack in Salisbury, England, against a former Russian spy in England. Moscow, accused by the British government of carrying out the attack, was seeking to be involved in a new investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Reuters reports that China, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Algeria, and Iran backed the Russian motion at the OPCW’s April 4 closed-door meeting, while 17 members abstained.

Source: Radio Free Europe – ‘With reporting by Sky News, Reuters, AP, AFP, TASS, and Interfax’, April 4, 2018, None attributed

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