Novichok? What Novichok? New US sanctions urge Russia to destroy chemical weapons stockpile, however Kremlin insists it already has

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Russian officers are puzzled by calls for from Washington to scrap their nation’s chemical weapons program, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has mentioned, arguing that the nation has already disposed of all such substances.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Dmitry Peskov slammed America’s warning that Moscow should register and eradicate shops of nerve brokers, poisonous gases and different poisons, or else face sanctions. “Russia declared and verified the destruction of all chemical weapons on its territory many years ago and fully complied with international conventions,” he said. “Russia has no chemical weapons.”

“By the way,” the Kremlin press secretary added, “we expect that our counterparts will also comply with these conventions.” In 1991, then-US President George H.W. Bush committed his country to destroying all chemical weapons. However, the process has not been straightforward and works to decommission the US Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado are still underway. The facility had originally hosted more than 780,000 munitions, including mustard gas shells. The process is expected to be complete by 2023.

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Russia, in contrast, declared it had eradicated all of its chemical weapons stockpiles in 2017. However, Washington is alleged to consider that Moscow is operating a shadowy re-armament program and has requested entry to services it says are concerned within the improvement and manufacture of chemical brokers.

The US State Department reportedly informed the RBK information channel earlier this week that Russia may escape a second spherical of financial sanctions if it complied with its request to reveal and destroy these purported weapons. At the identical time, it unveiled a bundle of sanctions aimed toward 12 organizations in Russia, Germany and Switzerland that it claimed had been concerned of their manufacturing.

American officers level to the alleged poisoning of opposition determine Alexey Navalny with what his staff, and a variety of worldwide observers, declare was the nerve agent Novichok. First developed below the Soviet Union from 1971, the household of toxic compounds are mentioned to be among the many deadliest ever made. Russia denies involvement within the incident, which noticed Navalny transferred to Berlin in a comatose state, and insists its requests for the German authorities to offer samples for testing have gone unanswered.

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