Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is working in The Hague (the Kingdom of the Netherlands) on a permanent basis. It is involved in consultation with the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW, other delegations, and on behalf of the Russian Federation participates in the activities conducted by Organization, and provides connection between Technical Secretariat and Russian National Authority (Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia) responsible for implementing the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. 

Sessions of policy-making organs of the OPCW are held on a regular basis throughout the year: there are three sessions of the Executive Council and one session of Conference of the State-Parties at the end of a year. Russian Permanent Representation to the OPCW informs Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia about developments in discussions on current issues during informal consultations conducted in the intercessional period and supports Russian delegations which come to take part in the work of the policy-making organs. 

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Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OPCW  - H.E. Mr. Alexander V. SHULGIN

Deputy Permanent Representative to the OPCW - Mr. Igor S. VISHNEVETSKY

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PRESS RELEASE Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Organization of the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

The draft decision submitted by the United Kingdom for consideration by the 4th Special session of the CSP contains a paragraph (para 13) related to Salisbury incident which took place on March 4th, 2018 (“Scripal case” which resulted in the injury of two Russian nationals – Sergey and Ylia Skripals).

In this regard we would like to draw attention to the fact that the results of the Technical Assistance Visit carried out by the Technical Secretariat according to para 38 e) of Article VIII of the CWC upon the request received from United Kingdom are interpreted by several State Parties very optional (arbitrary).

The incident of “Scripal case” over and above shamelessly orchestrated by London against Russia in relation to the accusation of alleged use of chemical weapon, was actively supported by the West and taking into account the so-called Euro-Atlantic solidarity with huge enthusiasm was carried to an absurdity.

To this end there are no concrete or solid evidence. Moreover, manipulation of facts is very obvious and unfortunately has become customary. As such, the draft decision in regard to “Scripal case” shows the British interpretation of the materials included in the Report of the Technical Secretariat as a confirmation (evidential basis) of the results reached by the United Kingdom upon their preliminary estimations (we would like to stress that the national investigation is far from being over). For instance, The OPCW’s Report indicates the presence of a “toxic chemical” whereas the UK draft decision clearly states that the UK Government had identified this chemical as a nerve agent which is related to the type named “Novichok” (insinuating that it has a Russian origin).

At the same time the chemical presumably used, according to London, on Skripals and which is identified by the specialists of Porton-Down laboratory in the Technical Assistance Visit Report is stated as “toxic chemical” without any reference to its state of origin.

In this regard we note that the issue of so-called “Novichok” many times was considered in detail during Executive Council’s sessions in the period from March to April 2018. This issue is described in a more detailed manner in an Aide Memoire of the Russian Federation entitled “Measures to Strengthen the Convention” as of April 18th, 2018, which contains the recommendation to the Director General for the purposes of strengthen the CWC to prepare in accordance with para 5 of Article XV of the Convention and submit to the nearest session of the Executive Council a draft decision which would provide for the development changes to the Annex on schedule chemicals.

In his Note dated May 2d, 2018 the Director General requested the States Parties to present any available information on new types of nerve agents. With a view to prepare corresponding proposals the Russian Federation presented to the Technical Secretariat additional document entitled “On new types of nerve agents” which contains materials (up to 326 pages) on more than several hundred toxic chemicals which are subject to be thoroughly analyzed by the Scientific Advisory Board with a view to consider possibilities of working out amendments to schedules of chemicals.

This document contains data on scientific publications and patents for 3 groups of chemical compounds, including a group of compounds which contained chemicals patented by (in) USA as chemical weapons starting from 1980 (in other words long before the work on the development of CWC was finished). However, in the course of the CWC development US didn’t present any information on these chemicals and thus due to this reason they were not included into the Annex on schedule chemicals.

The document also contains compounds which were actively develop and studied in western countries in the recent years of the CWC development and its preparation for signature and these countries continued the development of such compounds and their overall evaluation even after entry into force of CWC.

In general presented materials touch upon several hundreds toxic chemicals subject to the analysis by the SAB (not less than one hundred to a various extent are develop in western countries and belong to the type of so-called “Novichok”).

Among major producers of such compounds (chemicals) were United Kingdom (70 chemicals), USA (19 chemicals), Chez Republic (25 chemicals, including those produced in a laboratory conducting research in the interest of NATO) and others.

Thus toxic chemicals which are related according to western classification to the type “Novichok” are an exclusive prerogative of Western countries.

In this regard the statements by the British Prime-minister T. May and Secretary of State B. Jonson that this “toxic chemical” has exclusively Russian origin are unsubstantiated (have no proof) and are inconsistent with reality.

We urge all like-minded States Parties to examine analyze thoroughly the above mentioned documents in order to make the right conclusions and decisions.