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Russia ex-spy poisoning 'extremely worrying': Chemical weapons watchdog

AFP  |  The Hague 

The nerve agent of Russian former double agent in Britain was "extremely worrying", a global watchdog said today.

"The recent report that two people became seriously ill in the of Great Britain and as a result of exposure to a nerve agent is of serious concern," Ahmet Uzumcu, of the Organisation for the Prohibition of (OPCW), said in a statement.

"It is extremely worrying that are still being used to harm people. Those found responsible for this use must be held accountable for their actions."

Uzumcu said British had called him on Monday evening to discuss the ongoing investigation into the attempted murder of Skripal and his daughter in the English city of on March 4.

British has alleged it was "highly likely" that was behind the attack.

faces a midnight Tuesday deadline to tell how a Russian-made nerve agent came to be used in the brazen poisoning, with May threatening "a full range of measures" in retaliation.

has denied the accusations, as the US, NATO and the all backed Britain in the deepening diplomatic row.

Founded in 1997, the OPCW based in oversees the application of the Convention aimed at ridding the world of toxic arms and preventing new ones being manufactured.

So far 192 member nations have joined the OPCW. In the past two decades, the body has overseen the destruction of some 94 percent of the world's declared

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:20 IST