Russia, UK Urged to Cooperate on Poison Attack

Russia, UK Urged to Cooperate on Poison AttackRussia, UK Urged to Cooperate on Poison Attack

Iran's representative to the UN chemical watchdog called on Russia and UK to settle their dispute over last month’s poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK city of Salisbury through cooperation and constructive talks. The ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Alireza Jahangiri said “Politicizing any issues within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention will benefit none of the member states and will threaten the credibility of the OPCW,” Mehr News Agency reported. During a tense meeting held Thursday in The Hague, the British representatives slammed Russia’s proposal for contributing to an OPCW investigation into the Salisbury poisoning, accusing Russia of being responsible for the attack. Russian authorities say the UK and France have refused to answer the questions of the Russian Embassy in London and have barred the consulate’s access to Russian nationals. Russia lost a vote at the meeting by 15-6 for a proposal to seek a new joint investigation into the poisoning, with 17 OPCW member states abstaining. The country gained support from China, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Algeria and Iran.

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