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Russia has to answer important questions: UK envoy on nerve agent attack

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hitting out at over the nerve attack on former double-agent and his daughter Yulia, British to India said today has to answer "really very important questions".

His comment came in the wake of the Weapons report that the used against Sergei and in in March was "of high purity". The OPCW report did not mention the name of the substance.

Asquith, however, did not give a direct answer to whether the UK would raise the matter during the Commonwealth Heads of the Meeting in from April 16-20.

Leaders of 50 Commonwealth countries, including Narendra Modi, are expected to attend the meeting.

"I am not going to project what over 50 heads of agree next week. It would not be my role to say what would be in that statement," Asquith told reporters here.

"It is confirmed what we have been saying and what Russians had been contesting. Now, there are really very important questions what the Russians have to answer," he said.

The UK has been holding that was behind the nerve agent attack. Following the attack last month, and most of the NATO members are locked in a diplomatic showdown.

Both sides have expelled each other's diplomats.

Briefing reporters on CHOGM, Asquith said vulnerability of small islands, technology, cyber-security and protection of data, peacekeeping operation, particularly helping vulnerable countries will be discussed during the meeting.

Asked whether terrorism would be discussed, Asquith said talks would be to ensure that terrorists do not make use of the Internet for their activities.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 20:50 IST