So sayeth the Times UK:
“The world’s chemical weapons watchdog was empowered to name and shame those responsible for chemical attacks in Syria after Britain won a victory over Russia yesterday.”
“Russian efforts to protect the Syrian regime from censure for using chemical weapons collapsed after a western alliance led by Britain voted overwhelmingly to give the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) enhanced powers to identify those behind the attacks in Syria.
The vote, which passed by 82 to 24, came at the end of two days of wrangling at a special session of the OPCW in the Hague yesterday, the culmination of an intense diplomatic offensive by Britain to bolster the global ban on use of chemical weapons.
Pop the corks, break out the flutes: Russia loses!
‘Empowering the OPCW to ‘assign blame’ in Syria only serves western regime-change agenda’, Robert Bridge, RT July 3
“Up until now, it has been the primary task of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to determine if chemical weapons, and of what type, have been used during such suspected outrages. Its mandate did not include working as Sherlock Holmes, pointing the finger of blame at some state player or agency.
Now that is about to change.” [snip]
“Much of Russia’s concern over the newly empowered OPCW is based on the past behavior of the UN chemical watchdog. In fact, last year Russia denounced a report by the OPCW on the April 4 chemical incident in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun because its reasonable proposal that OPCW investigators visit the sites of the suspected chemical attack “was blocked by Western delegations without any explanations.”
“London, Paris, and the OPCW have given no answers to our questions as to where they took these samples, who took them, or when they were delivered,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated.
“I think we are very close to this organization [OPCW] being discredited,” he added.
Russia’s concern over the decision to award the OPCW with what essentially amounts to police powers is not limited to Syria. Consider the recent circus of the Skripal affair, for example, which involved the poisoning of Sergey Skripal, a former double agent who Russia handed over to Britain as part of a spy swap in 2010, and his daughter Yulia.”
“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, citing the results of the examination conducted by state-owned Spiez Laboratory (the facility is controlled by the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection and by extension the country’s defense minister) that carried out an analysis of samples that London handed over to the OPCW, said that the substance used on the Skripals was an agent called BZ. This toxin was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.
Moscow has never been provided with a satisfactory explanation as to why the full details of the state laboratory were not included in the OPCW final report.”
As I remember it, the OPCW said that it doesn’t release the names of the labs that are in its
Now the OPCW press release doesn’t say that their new point-the-finger mandate includes any venues past Syria, say Novichok in the UK, but stay tuned.
‘Wiltshire novichok poisoning investigated by UK counter-terror police; Nerve agent used on critically ill UK couple same as that used on former Russian spy’, July 5, the Guardian
“Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, announced that expert scientists in chemical warfare at the world famous Porton Down laboratory had established that novichok had caused the collapse in Wiltshire of British nationals Dawn Sturgess, 44, from Salisbury, and Charlie Rowley, 45, of Amesbury.
They were taken ill at their home on Saturday, 8 miles (12km) from the Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal, who sold Russian secrets to Britain, and his daughter Yulia. They were attacked with novichok smeared on to their front door in March.
Britain holds Russia responsible for the attack on the Skripals in an incident that led to widespread criticism of the Kremlin and soured relations with the west.
Initially police thought that drugs had caused Sturgess and Rowley’s severe illness. But British security officials said the Porton Down test results on Wednesday showed novichok, developed by the Russian military, was to blame for the poisoning. They believed the danger to the public posed by the highly toxic materials used in March had been cleaned up and had thus passed.”
The pair was discovered unconscious in a property in Muggleton Road on Saturday, but Wiltshire Police did not report the incident until Wednesday. The UK’s chief medical officer said during the press conference on Wednesday that the risk to the general public from the Wiltshire case was low. Under a D-notice, we presume?
You’ll no doubt have read that the Brits had purchased the Skripal’s house and that of the cop who’d also been poisoned for over a million pounds, but not the seafood restaurant they’d left just before their ‘collapses’. George Galloway calls it: ‘‘Curiouser and Curiouser’: Salisbury, the Skripals & the epic failure of the British Fairy Tale’, via RT July 3
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” – Alice in Wonderland. The problem for the British narrative in the Skripal case is that one would have to believe way more than six things.”
After citing ‘no evidence’ and ‘May’s rush to judgment against Putin himself, they didn’t die, seem to be in deep dark badger holes still, and more, then this once again:
“Even if it had been [novichock], it is untrue that the family of nerve agents called Novichok was “developed by Russia.” It was developed by the USSR, and not in Russia but in other republics, including the now-Western ally Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Its stockpiles were certified, destroyed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray attended a reception for the UN chemical weapons watchdog in Uzbekistan as they celebrated the successful conclusion of this work.”
Novichock! It’s everywhere! Even in baby wipes!
The OPCW just issued its preliminary report on the alleged gas attack in Douma on April 7, 2018. On April 14, the UK, US, and France had launched ‘precision strikes’ in Syria just ahead of the planned site visits by the OPCW.