Moscow (April 05, 2018): Russia’s call to join an investigation into a nerve agent used to poison a former spy failed on Wednesday.
Britain’s charges of Russian involvement, strongly denied by Moscow, have triggered mass expulsions of diplomats by both Britain’s allies in the West, including the United States, and similar retaliatory action by Russia.In the meeting, Russia proposed a joint investigation into the poisoning as it was not invited to participate in an independent probe being carried out by the OPCW at Britain’s request, results of which are due next week.
Britain called the Russian proposal for a joint investigation a “perverse” attempt to escape blame for the poisoning of the Skripals, and part of a disinformation campaign mounted by Moscow.
Russia’s proposal in the end drew support from China, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Algeria and Iran, with US and European members voting against the plan.There were 17 abstentions among members of the organisation’s 41-member council, only 38 of whose members were present and eligible to vote.
Separately on Wednesday Russia requested a public meeting of the United Nations Security Council on April 5 to discuss the British accusations against Moscow, Russian UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said.