Russia calls for UN Security Council meeting over Skripal affair

Russia has requested an open session of the US Security Council on Thursday to discuss the accusations from the UK that Moscow used a nerve agent against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England last month.

Nebenzya sent the request after the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office deleted the March 22 tweet in which it claimed experts at the chemical weapons laboratory at Porton Down confirmed the substance that allegedly poisoned Skripal and his daughter Yulia was “military-grade Novichok nerve agent produced in Russia.”

While Porton Down was able to identify the substance as Novichok, the scientists there could not link the samples to Russia, executive Gary Aitkenhead told Sky News on Monday.

“We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to,” Aitkenhead said.


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