U.S. News & World Report
This is an image of the daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal taken from Yulia Skipal’s Facebook account on Tuesday March 6, 2018. Britain’s Foreign Office says it has asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to publish a summary of its findings at midday on Thursday April 12, 2018, on the nerve agent used to poison a former spy and his daughter in southwestern England.(Yulia Skripal/Facebook via AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BY JILL LAWLESS AND DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday confirmed Britain’s finding that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent, as Russia continued to deny suggestions that it was behind the attack.
Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said the nerve agent was “of high purity.” Britain says that means only a state with a sophisticated laboratory could have manufactured it.
The watchdog’s report does not say who was responsible for the attack, since that was outside the scope of its mission. The OPCW’s job was to identify the poison, not to trace its origins or assign blame.