Russia Denied Request To Join OPCW Investigation Into Skripal Poisoning

Russia has been denied the right to participate in an international chemical watchdog's investigation into the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former (?) Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal.

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Fifteen countries voted against Russia's bid, while six voted for it and 17 abstained.

"Unfortunately, we haven't been able to have two-thirds of the votes in support of that decision. A qualified majority was needed," Russian ambassador Alexander Shulgin told reporters, adding "Russia as well as other states that are members of the Executive Committee have been pushed aside from this investigation."

UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed aside Russia's request, calling it a "ludicrous proposal" designed to "undermine" the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation.

"Russia has had one goal in mind since the attempted murders on UK soil through the use of a military-grade chemical weapon - to obscure the truth and confuse the public," Johnson said. "The international community has yet again seen through these tactics and robustly defeated Russia's attempts today to derail the proper international process."

Johnson also said that "none of us have forgotten" about the "barbaric" chemical weapons attack in Syria a year ago.

"After the OPCW-UN investigation found that the Syrian regime was responsible, Russia blocked that body from doing any more work," he said.

Russia wants to discuss a letter sent by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to the UN Security Council which says it's "highly likely" that Moscow was behind last month's nerve agent attack.

Meanwhile, as we reported yesterday,  the chief scientist from the UK's Porton Down military laboratory facility, Gary Aitkenhead, told Sky News that they had been unable to prove that the novichok nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal came from Russia.

"We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent," Aitkenhead said. "We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to."

**PAGING COLIN POWELL. IS THERE A MR. POWELL IN THE BUILDING?**

The Porton Down chief scientist said that establishing the Novichok's origin required "other inputs," some of which are intelligence based and which only the government has access to.

Aitkenhead added: "It is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this particular nerve agent is, we identified that it is from this particular family and that it is a military grade, but it is not our job to say where it was manufactured."

So whose job is it to determine where the Novichok was manufactured?

That said, it was also noted that the nerve agent involved required "extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor," and that there is no known antidote to Novichok - nor was any administered to either of the Skripals.

Aitkenhead would not say whether the Porton Down facility had manufactured or maintained stocks of Novichok - long rumored to be the case.

"There is no way anything like that could have come from us or left the four walls of our facility," said the chief.

Boris Johnson has come under fire since the Porton Down chief's statement, as Johnson lied, saying in an interview two weeks ago that Porton Down officials told him there was "no doubt" that the nerge agent came from Russia.

The Foreign Office told Sky News that Johnson "misspoke," which is apparently UK officialspeak for "he totally lied, but nobody will hold him accountable for it."

Perhaps Johnson "misspoke" in his rush to locate a hairbrush?

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Slack Jack Pol Pot Wed, 04/04/2018 - 20:31 Permalink

The evil people, Theresa May, Stoltenberg, Trump and the rest, are damming Russia with obvious lies.

The Novichok nerve agents probably don't even exist.

HERE IS THE PROOF:

The Novichok nerve agents are supposedly much more toxic than the nerve gases VX or Sarin.

Mirzayanov's book, published in 2008, contains the formulas he alleges can be used to create Novichoks. In 1995, he explained that "the chemical components or precursors" of Novichok are "ordinary organophosphates that can be made at commercial chemical companies that manufacture such products as fertilizers and pesticides."

https://www.amazon.com/State-Secrets-Insiders-Chronicle-Chemical/dp/143…

Basically, Mirzayanov claims that it is relatively easy to make the Novichok nerve agents.

So, some enterprising Arabs could buy a few chemists to make a few tons of it and then spray it all over the little Satan.

Do you really think that the Jews who run the United States would allow the publication of information that could lead to thousands of deaths in Israel?

Do you really think they would protect the publisher of such information by giving him residence in the United States?

Remember, Mirzayanov was given residence in the United States after he was kicked out of Russia.

There are also a number of "people who should know" that have stated that there is zero solid evidence for the existence of the Novichok nerve agents. For example: Robin Black in Development, Historical Use and Properties of Chemical Warfare Agents (2016):

"In recent years, there has been much speculation that a fourth generation of nerve agents, ‘Novichoks’ (newcomer), was developed in Russia, beginning in the 1970s as part of the ‘Foliant’ programme, with the aim of finding agents that would compromise defensive countermeasures. Information on these compounds has been sparse in the public domain, mostly originating from a dissident Russian military chemist, Vil Mirzayanov. No independent confirmation of the structures or the properties of such compounds has been published."

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/the-novichok-story-is-i…

And, Alexander Shulgin, Russia's representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2018):

"There has never been a ‘Novichok’ research project conducted in Russia,... But in the West, some countries carried out such research, which they called 'Novichok,' for some reason."

CONCLUSION: The Novichok nerve agents don't even exist.

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ldd Urban Roman Wed, 04/04/2018 - 22:37 Permalink

first experience dealing with the brit embassy they blatantly lied to me. called the (top person at the time) person out on it and with no choice since i pointed it out factually, (this required me to leave, do research and return with the facts) this person pretended not to hear my requests for an explanation as to why they had lied and this person begrudgingly did the paperwork they originally said could not be done. subsequent dealings with brits have left an unshakeable impression. among the most racist towards anyone not brit and weary of believing anything they say.

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philipat EuroPox Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:45 Permalink

The use of the "projection" technique (essentially accusing your opponents of doing the very things you yourself are doing) in official circles has become widespread. It's biggest proponent is, of course, Shitlery who, as an example, recently accused Trump of using his position to enrich himself and his family (Um....?). Now BoJo has the chutzpah to accuse Russia of obfuscation and lies. Same technique. Specifically:

"Russia has had one goal in mind since the attempted murders on UK soil through the use of a military-grade chemical weapon - to obscure the truth and confuse the public," Johnson said. "The international community has yet again seen through these tactics and robustly defeated Russia's attempts today to derail the proper international process."

And, of course, psychopaths actually believe their projections which allows them to speak with a straight face. And the MSM, naturally, just blindly "reports" what they say. The internet is the only source of real information and the true investigative journalism of any integrity. Which is, of course, why they are trying so hard to censor and close the sources of truth.

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Killdo philipat Wed, 04/04/2018 - 20:22 Permalink

you can see here their modus operandi - one of the first NSA leaks by Snowden/Greenwald. There is a slide there called the Gambits For Deception - all the tricks are there - how to never admit when caught lying, how to cover the small move by the big one - basically all the BS this fat ugly clown is using are there: 

 

https://theintercept.com/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/

 

scroll down and look for slides from 5 Eye meetings

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EuroPox silver140 Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:49 Permalink

Look, you know that and I know that but they could have tried to pretend!  Some photofit picture, or grainy CCTV (where you can't see much anyway) - reports of the culprit being spotted in a few places, etc.. But they didn't even try!

What a bunch of losers!

Joking aside, I bet they actually did forget... got carried away with the bits of the story they wanted to push and neglected to make it all realistic.  Like the pictures of investigators in hazmat suits with people watching them in normal clothes - and the unprotected cop standing by the front door they then said was the crime scene - amateurs!

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bluez EuroPox Wed, 04/04/2018 - 20:31 Permalink

THEY know that we know that THEY are perpetrating hoaxes. THEY want us to know that we are being fed false information. THEY are systematically teaching us to be intellectually helpless.

learned helplessness: (Psychology) the act of giving up trying as a result of consistent failure to be rewarded in life, thought to be a symptom of depression.

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EuroPox bluez Wed, 04/04/2018 - 20:47 Permalink

NO!  You fight them with ridicule!  You make them look stupid (which isn't hard!) - you make THEM feel helpless against you constant barrage of fun-making.  They want us to take them seriously - don't do it!  I am sure that it won't be long until Lavrov offers Russia's help to catch the culprit... if only the British government would give them a picture of the person they are looking for!

 

Where is the fucking manunt!!

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Kefeer Al Tinfoil Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:40 Permalink

All treaties are designed to be violated when convenient; treaties are for public consumption - just ask anyone who was subject to any treaty.

 

"If it is good for you, then we will have it and take it from you" and "if it is bad for us, then you will receive it by hook and crook".  -  cabal mottos

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BarkingCat GreatUncle Wed, 04/04/2018 - 22:40 Permalink

Russia should close their embassy and all consulates in the UK and throw all the UK "diplomats" out.

I would love for Russia to pre-plan this and have all their documents already transfered out of the UK, then announce the breaking of relations and give the UK at most 3 days to get out.

Then put sanctions on the UK. No UK airline can use Russian air space.

Perhaps get even more creative and disallow any airplane that flies to the UK access to Russian air space.

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SoDamnMad Lost in translation Thu, 04/05/2018 - 01:04 Permalink

John Bolton has fought against every treaty the US has been in.  Russia should pull out of every one since they are all complete bullshit. If the US wants an arms race, let them fund themselves into the ground.  Russia can now strategically decide where to spend their money and go there without loop holes in being placed in their way. You want to play this game, well you are really bringing it on.  Maybe Russia can fill China's need for soybeans too.

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