Disinfo: The OPCW could have been provided with a false sample in Skripal poisoning

Summary

Russia publishes a report by an OPCW laboratory in Spiez, revealing the presence of a substance created in the US, UK and other NATO countries in the sample. The OPCW “could have been provided with a false sample in Skripal poisoning”.

Disproof

No evidence given. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

The Spiez laboratory has answered and debunked the Russian claims: twitter.com/SpiezLab/status/985243574123057152,

The OPCW have confirmed the UK findings in the case. "The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people." www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-issues-report-on-technical-assistance-requested-by-the-united-kingdom/,

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  • Reported in: Issue 104
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/04/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: OPCW, Sergei Skripal, Chemical weapons/attack
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A NATO toxin was used for the poisoning of Skripal

The nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK could have been the BZ substance which is used by the US and the UK.

Disproof

No evidence given. The laboratory has answered twitter.com/SpiezLab/status/985243574123057152, The OPCW have confirmed the UK findings in the case. "The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people." www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-issues-report-on-technical-assistance-requested-by-the-united-kingdom/,

The missile attack on Syria was launched to obstruct the work of the OPCW inspectors

The strikes from US, UK and France were intended to destroy evidence and prevent the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from performing its duties.

Disproof

No evidence given. The latest chemical attack in Douma, Syria, has been accompanied by a massive disinformation campaign from pro-Kremlin outlets euvsdisinfo.eu/how-to-make-500-victims-of-a-suspected-chemical-attack-disappear/, Meanwhile, the fact-finding mission of the OPCW continues it's deployment to Syria www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-fact-finding-mission-continues-deployment-to-syria/, For more information see www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/17/syria-russia-says-inspectors-will-be-allowed-into-douma, Furthermore, the US, UK and France strikes targeted three specific places and those did not include Douma where the chemical attack took place, and so the claim that the coalition’s attack would prevent the experts of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from conducting an objective investigation does not withstand scrutiny. Further debunking by DFRLab and Polygraph.info medium.com/dfrlab/syriastrikes-conflicting-claims-c9623a7cbdc9, , www.polygraph.info/a/syria-russia-71-missiles-claim-fact-cheched/29169608.html, Actually, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations in the U.N. Security Council has systematically blocked resolutions calling for joint international investigations of chemical weapons use in Syria. Six times, Russia has exercised its vetoes on Syria in chemical weapons-related resolutions research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/, , the most recent one on the 10 of April www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2018/321,

Syria 'chemical attack' staged to provoke US airstrike, London pushed perpetrators

There is proof that the reported chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged and of the British government of pressuring the perpetrators to speed up the “provocation.”

Disproof

No evidence given. Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons use in Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria+chemical+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date= On Saturday, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU. See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/ On April 10 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx Further debunking by Polygraph.info https://www.polygraph.info/a/russia-denies-chemical-attack-in-syria/29154994.html