18 Jul 2018 19:33

OPCW experts visit UK to investigate Amesbury poisoning - statement

BRUSSELS. July 18 (Interfax) - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has deployed an expert team to the United Kingdom in response to the British government's request for assistance with respect to the investigation of the poisoning of two people in Amesbury, the OPCW said in a statement.

"In response to the [British side's] request, the OPCW deployed a technical assistance team to independently determine the nature of the substance that is alleged to have resulted in the death of one person and left another person seriously ill," the statement said.

The OPCW received the request on July 13, it said.

"The OPCW team collected samples. The samples will be sent to two OPCW designated laboratories and once the results of the analysis are received, the report will be submitted to the United Kingdom. The team completed its initial work and returned today, 18 July, from the UK," the statement said.