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OPCW adopts proposal to ban Novichok

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) voted on Monday to adopt a proposal adding Novichok to a list of banned toxins, according to various media reports.

The proposal was jointly submitted by Canada, the Netherlands and the United States and adopted by the OPCW's 41 member states. Canada's Ambassador to the Netherlands and OPCW permanent representative Sabine Nolke tweeted that although Russia distanced itself from the consensus it "did not break", indicating that it voted in favor of the proposal. Following today's vote, member states will have 90 days to raise any objections to the proposal, failing which Novichok will be added to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the stockpiling, production and use of chemical weapons.

Novichok was used in the attack on Russian former double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England in March last year. The United Kingdom maintains that Russia was behind the attacks, a claim that the latter vehemently denies.

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