International chemical weapons watchdog to take samples of Salisbury nerve agent

Police Cordon in the snow at the Maltings on Sunday 18th March

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 2:06pm 18th March 2018. (Updated at 3:15pm 18th March 2018)

Chemical weapons experts will travel to Britain on Monday to begin an international investigation into the Salisbury poisoning.

  • Chemical weapons experts head to Britain to help with 'Salisbury spy' case
  • They'll analyse a 'nerve agent' used on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal & his daughter
  • Scientists invited by Prime Minister Theresa May in a letter sent on Wednesday
  • An international investigation is now beginning

Chemical weapons experts will travel to Britain on Monday (19 March) to begin an international investigation into the 'Salisbury spy poisoning' case.

A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will take samples to analyse the nerve agent which was used to target ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The samples will then be sent to "reputable international laboratories" with the results expected to take at least two weeks.

Police Cordon and snow covered tent over the park bench in the Maltings on Sunday 18th March
Police Cordon and snow covered tent over the park bench in the Maltings on Sunday 18th March

 

POLICE CORDONS REMAIN IN PLACE:

Police Officers, drafted from 15 UK forces, stood in freezing temperatures on Saturday night into Sunday morning as heavy snow fell on the Salisbury crime scenes.

On Sunday morning (18th March) a snow-laden tent covered the park bench in The Maltings where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found slumped and critically ill 2 weeks ago.

Police Cordon and snow covered tent over the park bench in the Maltings on Sunday 18th March
Snow fell in the early hours of Sunday 18th March on the 'bench' which remains covered by a tent

 

SCIENTISTS DUE TO ARRIVE:

Scientists from The Hague were invited to Britain by Prime Minister Theresa May in a letter sent on Wednesday.

The move was announced by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson today (Sunday 18 March).

It marks the next step by the UK Government to build an international coalition against Russia following the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury city centre two weeks ago as reported by Spire FM News.

Police van in the snow parked at the Maltings on Sunday 18th March
A Police van in the snow parked at the Maltings on Sunday 18th March

 

The Foreign Office has spoken about the move, saying it:

"...reflects the UK's commitment to fully complying with the obligations of the Chemical Weapons Convention".

Boris Johnson also claimed that in the last decade Russia has "investigated ways of delivering nerve agents likely for assassination".

Part of the programme, he added, involved making and stockpiling novichok - the deadly gas authorities believe was used in Salisbury.

Mr Johnson also backed a suggestion Russia had told a "direct lie" about its chemical weapons stores.

On Twitter this is how The Russian Embassy responded to the accusations....

Traces of novichok, a weapons grade nerve agent, were found at the Zizzi restaurant on Castle Street which remains completely closed off...

Police Cordon at Zizzi on Castle Street in the snow on Sunday 18th March
Police Cordon at Zizzi on Castle Street in the snow on Sunday 18th March

The Mill Pub in the Maltings also remains behind a tight Police cordon.

Police Cordon by The Mill pub in the snow at the Maltings on Sunday 18th March
Police Cordon by The Mill pub in the snow at the Maltings on Sunday 18th March

 

UK - RUSSIA RELATIONS TENSE:

Suggestions by Russia's ambassador to the EU that the poisoning could have been carried out by Britain were dismissed as "satirical".

Despite diplomatic tensions rising and the Skripals and a police officer remaining in hospital, Russia tried to strike a humorous tone.

Its UK embassy tweeted a picture of fictional Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, writing:

"In absence of evidence, we definitely need Poirot in Salisbury!"

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