World 12-04-2018

​In the Salisbury attack "a toxic chemical was used"

After an investigation on the ground the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons corroborates the findings of the United Kingdom about the existence of a nerve gas in the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4 in the city British.

In the summary of the investigation made public this Tuesday the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons does not expressly mention which chemical agent was used in the attack and refers to it at all times as "toxic chemical substance" whose name and structure is found in the full report of the investigation which is under secrecy.

However it indicates that this substance is the same substance that was identified in the United Kingdom and that according to different information is the neurotoxic novichok agent.

The attack was perpetrated on March 4 against former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia who had to be admitted in critical condition as well as the police officer who assisted them. Yulia Skripal has been discharged while her father is still convalescing.

Following the poisoning the Oganization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon at the request of the United Kingdom sent a team of experts to ascertain the nature of the attack.

"The results of the analyzes of the biomedical samples carried out by the laboratories have shown that three hospitalized individuals were exposed to this toxic chemical" the document said.

Traces of the neurotoxic agent were also found in the environmental samples collected by the experts of the Organization.

Great purity

"The chemical substance was very pure this conclusion is reached by the almost total absence of impurities.”

Several reports from the United Kingdom have pointed out that this component is the neurotoxic agent novichok a nerve gas that was manufactured in the past by the Soviet Union.

The poisoning of the former Russian spy and his daughter which also affected a policeman who treated them is the subject of an international controversy that has reached the Security Council, where the United Kingdom has accused the Russian Federation of being behind the attack Russia for its part, has claimed that it is a commercial campaign against it.

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