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OPCW Chief Says Large Dose of Nerve Agent Used in Salisbury – Reports

© AFP 2022 / Ben STANSALLIn this file photo taken on March 8, 2018 members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits re-affix the tent over the bench where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found in critical condition on March 4 at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England
In this file photo taken on March 8, 2018 members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits re-affix the tent over the bench where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found in critical condition on March 4 at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A large dose of toxin was used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, the head of the international chemical weapons watchdog told US media.

Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said about 50 to 100 grams of the nerve agent possibly in liquid form was used, according to the New York Times.

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Uzumcu said he had taken measures to add the toxin to the OPCW list of prohibited substances, which will prevent signatories from producing it in larger quantities than needed for research without creating an antidote.

The watchdog conducted an inquiry last month into the March 4 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury. It concluded that the substance used was of high purity, but did not point to who produced it.

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