Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend talks with U.S. National security adviser John Bolton at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser is due in Moscow Wednesday to lay the groundwork for a possible U.S.-Russia summit. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Lavrov warns Russia might leave chemical weapons watchdog

June 29, 2018 - 2:03 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that Russia could walk away from the global chemical weapons watchdog after member nations voted to allow the group to assign blame for chemical attacks.

In an interview with Britain's Channel 4 News, Lavrov denounced a vote this week empowering the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to assign responsibility for chemical weapon use. Russia and 23 other countries voted against the move initiated by Britain.

Lavrov says "if this is not repaired, I believe the days of the OPCW would be numbered, at least it would not be as a universal organization."

Britain says Russia was responsible for the nerve-agent poisoning in England of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter, a claim Russia has denied. Both nations have expelled diplomats in the dispute.

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