NEW YORK – A team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are collecting samples of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
OPCW director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said on Tuesday, the samples will be sent to its laboratories in The Hague, for analysis which may take between two to three weeks.
‘’Once the results are determined, we will share them with the British government,’’ he told reporters at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.
London claimed that the nerve agent Novichok was used in the poisoning of Russian turned British spy Skripal,66, and his daughter Yulia,33, on March 4 in Salisbury, southwest of London.
The father and daughter remain critically ill in hospital.
Moscow has denied any involvement in the poisoning which has strained United Kingdom-Russia ties.
Asked about the possible link between Russia and the poisoning, Uzumcu said: “I cannot really prejudge the outcome of such technical work at the moment.”
Uzumcu, who earlier briefed the UN Security Council on chemical weapons used in Syria said the OPCW fact finding mission are looking into new allegations of chlorine attacks in the war-torn country.
‘’There are also allegations of use of chemical weapons in Afrin where Turkish forces are attacking the Kurds but the OPCW mission has not found credible information to pursue investigations.’’ – BERNAMA