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Russia’s statement to the OPCW in response to allegation of complicity in alleged Skripal poisoning

Below is the text of the statement made today – March 13 – by Ambassador Alexander Shulgin to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at the Hague. Those who believe it’s safe and even fun to continue the path of empty provocation and inflammatory rhetoric over this business would do well to read Shulgin’s icily formal response, and ask themselves if they may be taking things too far this time

Alexander Shulgin

Statement by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OPCW, Ambassador Alexander Shulgin, at the 87th session of the OPCW Exwecutive Council on the chemical incident in Salisbury, The Hague, March 13, 2018
Mr Chairperson,
In connection with the vicious attacks launched by British officials in London, as well as the statement by the head of the British delegation to the OPCW with regard to Russia concerning the suspicious story of two persons poisoned with a toxic agent in Salisbury, we would like to state the following.
The British authorities’ unfounded accusations of Russia’s alleged involvement in using poisonous agents on their territory are absolutely unacceptable. Our British colleagues should recall that Russia and the United Kingdom are members of the OPCW which is one of the most successful and effective disarmament and non-proliferation mechanisms. We call upon them to abandon the language of ultimatums and threats and return to the legal framework of the chemical convention, which makes it possible to resolve this kind of situation.
If London does have serious reasons to suspect Russia of violating the CWC – and the statement read by distinguished Ambassador Peter Wilson indicates directly that this is so – we suggest that Britain immediately avail itself of the procedures provided for by paragraph 2 of Article 9 of the CWC. They make it possible, on a bilateral basis, to officially contact us for clarifications regarding any issues that raise doubts or concerns.
We would also like to emphasise that such clarifications under the Convention are provided to the requesting member state as soon as possible, but in any case no later than 10 days following receipt of the request. As such, the ultimatum’s demand that information be provided immediately, by the end of today, is absolutely unacceptable.
Our British colleagues should save their propaganda fervour and slogans for their unenlightened domestic audience, where perhaps they will have some effect. Here, within the walls of a specialised international organisation, such as the OPCW, one must use facts and nothing but the facts. Stop fomenting hysteria, go ahead and officially formalise your request to begin consultations with us in order to clarify the situation.
A fair warning, we will require material evidence of the alleged Russian trace in this high-profile case. Britain’s allegations that they have everything, and their world-famous scientists have irrefutable data, but they will not give us anything, will not be taken into account. For us, this will mean that London has nothing substantial to show, and all its loud accusations are nothing but fiction and another instance of the dirty information war being waged on Russia.
Sooner or later, they will have to be held accountable for their lies.
In addition, in this particular case, it would be legitimate for the British side to seek assistance from the OPCW Technical Secretariat in conducting an independent laboratory analysis of the available samples that allegedly show traces of nerve agents in Salisbury.
Thank you, Mr Chairperson.
We ask you to circulate this statement as an official document of the 87th session of the OPCW’s Executive Council and post it on the Organisation’s external server.

Original text here


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David
David

It was reported that Boris Johnson had been seen meeting with Russian Spy agents…he now seems to be the one shouting the loudest to attack Putin and Russia

troubadour2

Reblogged this on bolshietroubadour.

MichaelK
MichaelK

One also has to appreciate that what happened in parliament was part of a long series of ‘rituals’ and ‘theatre’ that parliament excels in presenting… as something else! British democracy, at its’ best, I think they call it.
In that kind of atmosphere, when emotions are allowed and encouraged to run freely, pushing rational thought aside in favour of fervour and a ‘wartime’ pulling together, one would be close to nuts if one attempted to inject a little commonsense or rationality into the ‘play.’ The players know the script and their roles; it’s happened many times before.

Mikalina
Mikalina

“The US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the prohibition of Biological Weapons.
As a result, many hundreds of thousands of unwitting people are systematically exposed to dangerous pathogens, and other potentially incurable diseases. This highly classified network of R &D and production facilities includes an array of US government private contracts, which raises additional concerns about privatised chains of command and public accountability.”
http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/01/21/wmd-america-inside-pentagons-global-bioweapons-industry/

MichaelK
MichaelK

I remember all the excuses in our beloved ‘free and independent’ media when it became apparent and obvious that Number Ten hand fabricated a pack of lies about Iraq’s non-existent WMD’s and led us into a criminal war of aggression against a broken, impoverished, country on its knees that was no threat to the UK… that our journalists, pundits, experts and politicians… promised that it would never happen again. Lesson had been learned. Next time they’d scrutinize the story coming from Downing Street and go over every detail with a fine tooth comb. Bullshit! It’s actually gotten easier not harder since Iraq, worse not better.

avenir
avenir

An interesting article by Craig Murray on whether the Novichok agents exist, he says no. Being a former Ambassidor in Uzbekistan he’s visited one of the chemical weapons sites and involved with its decommissioning. The agent was planned to be in its spec easy to make, so no factory, no state required.
So if it seems as the agents don’t exist, the government can’t give the OPCW any samples, so a false flag or something else that’s then used opportunistically used to cause problems to Russia hmmm
https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/the-novichok-story-is-indeed-another-iraqi-wmd-scam/

Ross Hendry

Well it’s war by other means, apparently.
That being the case don’t be surprised if it’s soon announced with great solemnity that Brexit is suspended while we confer with our European allies on how to jointly counter this Russian “act of war”.
Once suspended, never reinstated. So it’s thanks to all the bit part players in the Salisbury drama. There are always ways to circumvent democracy when it goes against the will of the deep state…

Robert Peffers
Robert Peffers

What democracy would that be, Ross Hendry?
The Westminster Establishment has never in its entire formation ever been democratic. The name of the beast is, “The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland”. However the operative word is, “Kingdom”, thus it is not a single unified country and certainly not one where the country of England has no, elected as such members, but where the United Kingdom Of GB & NI governs the Country of England while claiming to be the United Kingdom Government that uses EVEL to prevent others from interfering in what they claim is England only matters.
Plainly Westminster is the de facto Parliament of England acting as the masters of three country of England inferior dominions.
From the Dictionary :- dominion – noun: dominion; plural noun: dominions.
sovereignty or control.
Example- “man’s attempt to establish dominion over nature”
the territory of a sovereign or government.
Example – “the Angevin dominions”.

MichaelK
MichaelK

I’m pretty sure that if I’d been an MP sitting in the lower chamber, I couldn’t have stopped myself from standing up and commenting on the PM’s statement. It would have been very simple. ‘Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction… lies!’ Now, I imagine I would have been lucky to get out of there alive, such is the reaction of the typical lynch-mob. My career would probably have been over, almost before it began; such is life. My reaction, as I suspected years ago, would have marked me out as a traitor, which is why I’d never get anywhere near becoming an MP. And my reply to the question, ‘Do you love your country?’… ‘Umm, which one are we talking about here, yours or mine?’ was probably the wrong answer. If one doesn’t learn the ‘right’ answers to the ‘wrong’ questions, one doesn’t get anywhere in the UK.

Jonj
Jonj

So…unless 90% plus mp’s and government are removed compulsorarily….there is absolutely no way any other version of events will be accepted…….hhmm

Theo
Theo

Very interesting to learn that Novichoc doesn’t exist.Can experts really be so stupid as not to know that or do they know and think the people is stupid and won’t find out?

mog
mog

There are two ‘Great Marches of Return’ gaining support in Gaza and the occupied territories.
They are scheduled to arrive in Jerusalem on March 30th and May 15th (the latter being both ‘Nakba Day’ and allegedly the date scheduled for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem).
Things seem to be coming to a focal point. Seeing as it’s the Henry Jackson Society that is filling the media slots defending the UK government’s rush to judgement, might Salisbury be part of Israel’s crisis and push for war?

John Marks
John Marks

Well, MOSSAD admitted they murdered Arafat with polonium. Maybe the same culprit was responsible for Litvinenko and now, of course, Skripal. They certainly have the motive: to denigrate Russia, the main supporter of Syria against the fanatical jihadi nutters. For some inexplicable reason, Israel seems to prefer these jihadi psychopaths as neighbours rather than the secular republic of Syria.

summitflyer
summitflyer

I believe that they are using the jihadis as proxies to destroy Syria and that is all .Once accomplished , they would destroy the proxies .And that is the state of Israel.The destroyer .
Cheers.

intergenerationaltrauma

Breaking news! Breaking news! – From the same Western interests that brought you the fake “Kuwaiti incubator babies!” story – AND the fake “WDM’s in Iraq” story – AND the fake “Gaddafi’s viagra fueled rape camps” story – AND the fake “Assad is gassing his own people” story – And, well, as long as we’re going down memory lane, the freaking fake “Gulf of Tonkin” story used to start the Vietnam War – anyway – back to the Breaking News! – BREAKING NEWS!!!- “Russia a bad” and “Putin is bad!” How freaking brain dead to people in the West have to be to keep uncritically believing this stuff?

Me
Yossarian
Yossarian

Contrary to that article, what ‘we know’ about novichok is exclusively derived from one defector: Mirzayanov. His claims were NEVER independently confirmed (as per Porton Down’s own Dr Robin Black in 2016) and the OPCW was so unimpressed by the novichok revelations that they didn’t bother to add the compounds to their list of Scheduled Chemicals.
i.e. Both Porton Down and the OPCW thought Mizayanov was full of sh*t and that article is either ignorant nonsense or, perhaps more likely, bandwagoneering propaganda.

Sysiphus
Sysiphus

There’s nothing quite like a good rant, is there.
Absolutely correct though.

freetail
freetail

Blimey, I hadn’t appreciated there were so many Russian Trolls here. Oh wait, I think OffGuardian call you ‘Putinbots’… well, I guess that makes sense then. Feel free to talk among yourselves! 🙂

Admin

This is OffG. Everyone is free to talk, even you. But you’ll need to up your game if you want to contribute. “Blimey wotta lotta Ruskie trolls” might go over on the Guardian as a Grade A witticism, but here it’s just sad. Try gathering some facts and being prepared to debate them.

BigB

We had a weak but stable government, propped up the terrorist loving DUP: now we have a non-partisan government of national unity in all but name. Now we have decided the outcome: we will supply the evidence to comply with the OPCW. Who is propagandising who?

freetail
freetail

There appear to be clear issues with Russia’s response in citing the CWC treating, which aligns with criticism of Russian for spreading misinformation.
See here for the Article and Paragraph that Russia suugests Britain should avail itself of:
http://www.cwc.gov/cwc_treaty_article_09.html
Russia describes Paragraphc 2 of Article 9 as a ‘procedure’, yet only Paras 3-25 come under the procedural headings. Para 2 begins ‘Without Prejudice’ and is therefore not legally binding. It outlines a recommendation for State Parties to work with each other to clarify any ambiguities or compliance issues with the CWC.
The UK is not seeking clarity on issues of the CWC but is demanding answers as to why a Russian nerve agent was found to be used in an attempted assassination on UK soil. Russia’s conflation of the two separate issues should not be confused if we are to avoid the propaganda trap.

Admin

Given the fact the UK refuse to share details of what the alleged nerve agent is, or why they believe it to be exclusively the property of Russia, what sort of answer could they reasonably expect?

Thomas Peterson
Thomas Peterson

the UK claims novichok was used. Novichok doesnt exist according to the OPCW.

Yossarian
Yossarian

Haha, the world famous Porton Down scientists have apparently identified a fictional nerve agent, given to the literary world by defector Mirzayanov whose revelations were so convincing that the OPCW completely ignored them.

Thomas Peterson
Thomas Peterson

The formula is right there in his book you can buy for £5.89 on Kindle! 🙂

Thomas Peterson
Thomas Peterson

Really it doesnt matter. Why on Earth should Russia respond to the silly ultimatums of pipsqueak Britain which refuses to provide any evidence for its crazy story?

mog
mog

‘..Russian nerve agent..’
That is begging the question.

Mikalina
Mikalina

“Conscientious objection and non-violent civil disobedience will be the weaponry to disenfranchise these beasts of the deep state”
…which will be met by laws which are in place now to deal with this and, ultimately, with violence. We need a new strategy; the old one isn’t working.

Mikalina
Mikalina

That was a reply to Arthur Cadbury further down.

RJ Vela
RJ Vela

What this international drama has revealed is that the elites in the military industrial complex of the west have no effective training in espionage. On the countrary, they employ tactics akin to that of department stores and retailers, cell phone carriers and the like, vying desperately for the season’s consumers. Theor brand ambassador’s TM and Bojo seemed to have failed yet again.

JJA
JJA

Paul Mason is absolutely desperate to get his gig back at the Guardian. Here he demands Putin should reply to the May deadline and calls Trump a Putin Stooge, amongst other hilarious foaming at the mouth utterances.
https://twitter.com/paulmasonnews/status/973267131973406727

avenir
avenir

It is interesting how many of the susposedly left wing journalists are exposing themselves to be nothing of the sort in recent days. I’ve had suspicions about Mason for a while, “Paul we’d like you to go native for a bit, a left wing Katie Hopkins if you’d like (who, by the way, was financed through university by military intelligence – an agent provocateur?).
But the deeply disturbing thing is how many labour MPs buy into “it was the Russians” and no doubt would cheerlead for a war with Russia given the opportunity. I feel quite sorry for Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by these people.

mog
mog

Can’t even watch that idiot anymore. I am sure he wants the Neocon dollar again as you say, but ideologically I think he is comfortable at Novara. Bastani tweets in line the UK Establishment psyop that Salisbury attack happened :
‘Just days before [Russian] presidential election. Hard to believe this isn’t about optics for a domestic audience…’
NB ‘Hard to believe’
Alt Right = Neocons
Alt Left = Neocons

avenir
avenir

Thanks for posting this, it deserves to be seen by a wide audience especially today when Theresa May reports back to parliament. With the resignation of Rex Tillerson and the unreliable support of the US government, she seems to have backed herself into a corner.
What can she do other than impose further sanctions, or petty stuff like removing England from the World Cup. A hugely risky strategy as it will immediately alienate a large number of football fans.
If she does this, under FIFA rules, we could be expelled, Qatar could be a no go and as UEFA requires FIFA membership the Champions League and European football could be gone too.
What will probably be the major outcome of this will be the suspension of RTs broadcast licence. The establishment dislikes this station because it is an independent voice and although they claim it to be a propaganda channel, it’s much cleverer than that, it reports in an old fashioned public service way and so exposes the bias of the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN.
My preferred option would be to send IDS, Chris Leslie, John Woodcock, Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn to invade Russia and storm Stalingrad, that would be a fun watch 🙂

FS
FS

It’s Volgograd now, but I admit its former name works better here.

Thomas Peterson
Thomas Peterson

From RT:
The killer agent that is not on chemical watchdog list?
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) carefully describes all known types of weapons-grade chemicals, including notorious sarin and VX, as well as their properties, mechanisms of action, and possible antidotes. But oddly enough, ‘Novichok’ – the substance supposedly deadlier than sarin or VX – is not on the OPCW nerve agents list.

As I keep saying, novichok is fictional.

Jonj
Jonj

Just like one defector claiming Russian state sponsored athletics doping….one defector is giving “details” of laboratories in Russia developing this chemical

Thomas Peterson
Thomas Peterson

The scam artist Vil Mirzayanov claims the formula is in his book ‘State Secrets: An Insider’s Chronicle of the Russian Chemical Weapons Program’ which you can buy for £5.89 on Amazon Kindle.
You would think the OPCW would be aware of the formula then and would have listed it. They haven’t. because he’s just a liar trying to sell books.

Jörg
Jörg

Geman “Sputniknews” ( https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20180314319913687-skripal-vergiftung-tv-serie-strike-back/ )points to this:
The brittish TV series “Strike Back” has been released since 2010. So far, six sequels of the agent thriller have been filmed. And the plot of the last sequel definitely reminds of the poison attack on Skripal. The Neurotoxin used in the film plot even has the same name: “Nowitschok”. And of course, in the series it is also being developed by a RUSSIAN, (Chechnya-born chemist Kamil Markov)!!!

Kathy
Kathy

The arch manipulators screech ever louder into the echo chamber. taken up and parroted by the media there frenzied and ready servants. All we have is our instincts of what we hold as right and a scene of true justice.We shall over come.

FS
FS

Well said