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Russia, Britain, and the Chemical Weapons Convention  Russia and the Chemical Weapons Convention
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Britain has 10 days to formally request information on Russia's role in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter  Britain has ten days to formally request information on Russia's role in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter
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<strong>The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_Weapons_Convention">Chemical Weapons Convention</a> is an international arms control treaty which grew out of the <a href="https://www.un.org/disarmament/wmd/chemical/">United Nations Conference on Disarmament.</a> It was signed in 1993 and came into force four years later. The convention outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their precursors.</strong>  <strong>The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_Weapons_Convention">Chemical Weapons Convention</a> is an international arms control treaty which grew out of the <a href="https://www.un.org/disarmament/wmd/chemical/">United Nations Conference on Disarmament.</a> It was signed in 1993, came into force four years later and has been ratified by 63 countries. The convention outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their precursors.</strong>
The treaty is administered by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In total, 192 states, including Russia, are parties to the CWC and have accepted its obligations. The treaty is administered by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In total, 192 states, including Russia, are parties to the CWC and have accepted its obligations.
In the wake of the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/14/war_&amp;amp;_conflict/russia-changes-the-rules-of-warfare-perfecting-hybrid-war/54989/">recent poisoning</a> of Sergei Skripal and his daughter by a nerve agent in Salisbury, the Convention’s procedures allow Britain 10 days to formally request clarification on Russia’s role via the OPCW. If the response proves unsatisfactory, Britain would be entitled to file a complaint with the organization’s executive council and the conference of member-states. In the wake of the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/14/war_&amp;amp;_conflict/russia-changes-the-rules-of-warfare-perfecting-hybrid-war/54989/">recent poisoning</a> of Sergei Skripal and his daughter by a nerve agent in Salisbury, the Convention’s procedures allow Britain 10 days to formally request clarification on Russia’s role via the OPCW. If the response proves unsatisfactory, Britain would be entitled to file a complaint with the organization’s executive council and the conference of member-states.
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May has already received strong support from the OPCW. <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/novichok-nerve-agent-russia-deadline-britain-poisoned-spy-sergei-skripal/">According to CBS</a>, Britain's representative to the watchdog told fellow delegates he never expected "to have to brief this Council on the first offensive use of a nerve agent of any sort on European territory since World War II." May has already received strong support from the OPCW. <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/novichok-nerve-agent-russia-deadline-britain-poisoned-spy-sergei-skripal/">According to CBS</a>, Britain's representative to the watchdog told fellow delegates he never expected "to have to brief this Council on the first offensive use of a nerve agent of any sort on European territory since World War II."
"The stark conclusion is that it is highly likely that Russia, a fellow State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), is implicated in chemical weapons use, whether by failure to control its own materials or by design," said British delegate Peter Wilson. "The stark conclusion is that it is highly likely that Russia, a fellow State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), is implicated in chemical weapons use, whether by failure to control its own materials or by design," said British delegate Peter Wilson.
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