International body votes against Russia participating in ex-spy’s poisoning investigation

Amid numerous accusations from London, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has voted against a Russian proposal to form a joint investigation into the posing of a former double Russian agent. The UK claimed that Moscow’s proposal is a “perverse” attempt to escape blame.
Headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemcial Weapons in the Hague Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Last week, Russia called an emergency meeting for the executive members of The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, submitting a proposal for a joint investigation into the poisoning of the Russian ex-spy in London. Russia had called the meeting as part of its international response to Britain’s accusation that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.

British security services have claimed that they can locate the site of the manufactory in Russia that produced the nerve agent responsible for the murder. Meanwhile, Moscow has fervently denied these allegations and has asked for a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to address Britain’s claims. Western nations have expelled scores of Russian diplomats from their embassies after the attack, followed by similar moves from Moscow.

The Russian Mission to the U.N. tweeted its statement below:

The British delegation has called Russia’s proposal a “perverse” attempt to alter the results of the investigation, and the United States and European nations voted against the plan. Notably, 17 nations abstained, and Russia received support from countries like Azerbaijan, Sudan, Algeria and Iran, Reuters reported. The Russians called the accusation a clear example of Russo-phobia, while British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomed Russia’s defeat.

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