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Novichok used in Skripal attack: Chemical weapons watchdog

IANS  |  London 

A global weapons watchdog on Thursday confirmed the UK's analysis of the type of the nerve agent used in the of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, according to a report from the

The Organization for the Prohibition of Weapons (OPCW), which conducted its report at the request of the British government, analyzed samples collected by UK authorities from Skripal, his daughter and a who was exposed to the nerve agent, news reported.

Skripal and his daughter were poisoned on March 4 in the English city of

"There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible -- only has the means, motive and record," said British

The OPCW analysis, which said the was "of high purity", came after the Western countries expelled over 100 Russian diplomats from their countries in response to the poisoning, straining relations between and the West.

Western leaders said they agreed with Britain's assessment that it was highly likely was responsible for the attack. The Kremlin has consistently denied any involvement.

The report puts beyond doubt that it was highly likely Russia carried out the attack, people close to the investigation said, adding that the nerve agent could only be concocted in a very sophisticated laboratory by highly capable chemists who were familiar with the agent.

The deadliness of the agent depended on the dose and how it was inhaled. The OPCW was not tasked to identify where the nerve agent came from. The purpose was only to confirm the identification of the nerve agent used.

The full report by the OPCW, which was classified, mentioned the of Novichok but didn't use the name.

The Novichok class of were developed in Russia and their existence were first revealed in the early 1990s by a dissident



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 19:20 IST