Global chemical arms watchdog confirms UK findings on Russian-made nerve agent

The international chemical weapons watchdog, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), has backed Britain's assessment of the type of nerve agent that was used in the poisoning of former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury.

Though the organisation did not give the name of the nerve agent, it said it agreed with the UK's findings on its identity.

The OPCW team arrived UK to carry out its own investigation following a request from the British government. The team arrived on 19 March, 16 days after the Skripals were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury. Both father and daughter as well as a police officer, who among the first to respond, were taken to hospital.

The OPCW said it received information about the medical conditions of the Skripals and Detective Sgt Nick Bailey, it collected their blood samples, and it gathered samples from the site in Salisbury.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "There can be no doubt what was used."

He added: "There remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russia has the means, motive and record."

Russia has strongly denied it was behind the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, which has led to a global standoff with Russia in recent weeks.

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