Britain requests UN Security Council meeting on OPCW report into Salisbury poisoning

The impounded US Embassy vehicle at Police Station Kohsar Islamabad

The impounded US Embassy vehicle at Police Station Kohsar Islamabad

Britain's United Nations ambassador is asking for a Security Council meeting next week on the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog's report confirming British findings that a military-grade nerve agent of high purity was used to poison a former spy and his daughter.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves after attending the weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, March 20, 2018.

The global chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed Britain's finding that a former spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent.

"I thank my cousin Viktoria for her concern for us, but ask that she does not visit me or try to contact me for the time being", Yulia Skripal said.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow would not believe any conclusions about the poisoning unless Russian experts were given access to the investigation.

Britain has said the use of such an obscure poison indicates Moscow was either to blame or had lost control over its nerve agents. Moscow has denied any involvement.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday the findings show "there can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record".

"The results of analysis by OPCW-designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people", the summary said. The analyses thus confirm that neurotoxic used in attack on Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter was produced in Russia, although in two-page communiqué name of that country does not appear.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said OPCW's report proves Britain's claim that Russian Federation is responsible for the attack.

In a statement issued through British police on Wednesday, Yulia Skripal said she did not now want any help from the embassy, adding, "I am safe and feeling better as time goes by". The OPCW was not tasked to identify where the nerve agent came from.

"Laboratory analysis results (.) Confirm findings of United Kingdom in relation to identity of toxic chemical, "said organization based in The Hague in its report presented in London which gives understanding, refore, that corroborates version of Downing Street in which from outset pointed to that The agent was made in Russian Federation".

Russian Federation has said it does not have such nerve agents and President Vladimir Putin said it was nonsense to think that Moscow would have poisoned the Skripals.

Yulia Skripal, 33, was released from hospital on Monday, saying in a statement she was suffering from the effects of the poisoning, while her father remained seriously ill.

British authorities "must urgently provide tangible evidence that Yulia is all right and not deprived of her freedom", the embassy said in a statement.

The statement was released after Yulia's cousin Viktoria gave a series of interviews about a telephone conversation between the two, leading the British government to claim that Russian Federation was using Viktoria Skripal as a "pawn" in the dispute between the two sides.

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