Russia’s envoy to the OPCW gas “Newbie” created in the West

Alexander Shulgin believes that Britain has no evidence to support claims against Russia

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The United States and great Britain had developed a paralytic agent that could be poisoned ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal. About this program “60 minutes” TV channel “Russia 1” said the permanent representative of Russia to the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin.

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“In Russia never conducted scientific research under the program “Beginner”, but in the West, some countries carried out the relevant development, which for some reason they were called just that — “Beginner,” said Shulgin.

In his view gas has been developed in the West.

“You can talk about the UK and the USA, where such a substance was developed, and it may well be that this substance could be drawn from these arsenals of these stocks,” said Shulgin.

He also recalled that the Russian Federation has suggested the British side to help in the investigation, but the UK “arrogantly rejected” the offer of Moscow to operate within the legal framework of the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons, which stipulates the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in such a situation.

“We told them: do not want direct contact, let through the mediation of the Executive Board, but it does not suit them,” said Shulgin, adding that the United Kingdom authorities are unable to provide real evidence to back up claims and accusations against Moscow.

“But we told them that our experts are prepared to substantive dialogue,” — said the diplomat.

March 4 Salisbury Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for treason, and his daughter Julia have been exposed to nerve agents. At the moment they are in one of the English hospitals in critical condition.

Prime Minister Theresa may has accused Russia of “unlawful use of force” in the territory of the United Kingdom and announced the expulsion of 23 employees of the Russian Embassy, as well as other measures against Moscow. The Russian leadership has categorically denied any involvement in the incident and announced the adoption of a reflex action in the very near future.

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