March 13, 2018 / 12:25 PM / 2 months ago

UK points finger at Russia in chemical weapons watchdog meeting

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The British delegation to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog on Tuesday said it is “highly likely” that Russia was involved in the attack last week on a former spy in Britain.

Addressing the governing council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemicals Weapons in The Hague, British Ambassador Peter Wilson described the attack as “the first offensive use of a nerve agent of any sort on European territory since World War II”.

Earlier, OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu condemned the attack. It is not yet clear whether the organisation, set up to prevent the use of chemical weapons and oversee the destruction of existing stockpiles, will investigate or take any other action.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Alison Williams

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