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Russia foreign ministry summons British ambassador: spokeswoman

Le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov devant le Conseil des droits de l'homme de l'ONU, le 28 février 2018 à Genève
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Russia 'not guilty' of poisoning and ready to cooperate, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday insisted that Moscow is not to blame for the poisoning of a Russian former double agent in Britain and said it was ready to cooperate with London.

"Russia is not guilty. Russia is ready to cooperate according to the Chemical Weapons Convention, if Britain takes the trouble and condescends to carry out its international obligations according to the same document," Lavrov said at a press conference.

Russia has demanded that London provide Moscow with access to a nerve agent used to poison a Britain-based double agent and his daughter, said Lavrov.

"Through an official note we had demanded access to this substance," Lavrov said at a press conference, adding that Russia also asked to be informed about the investigation. "Our requests have been denied."

The nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain was "extremely worrying", a global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday.

"It is extremely worrying that chemical agents are still being used to harm people. Those found responsible for this use must be held accountable for their actions," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement.

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