Chemical weapons – OPCW report on the Skripal case (11 April 2018)

The report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) published on April 11 confirms the nature of the military-grade nerve agent found in Salisbury on March 4. It therefore fully shares the conclusions of the British investigations, concluding that the chemical component belongs to the “Novichok” family of military-grade nerve agents developed by Russia.

France fully shares the United Kingdom’s conclusion that there is no plausible explanation other than Russia’s responsibility.

France once again condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of such a chemical weapon on UK territory and expresses its complete solidarity with its partner and with the three poisoned victims.

France applauds the work carried out by the OPCW with the utmost professionalism. It also hails the transparency shown by the British authorities who made this report public.

We hope that the special session of the advisory board of the OPCW on April 18 will offer a constructive, candid discussion among the States Parties.

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