The Russian party's questions for the OPCW's Technical Secretariat regarding the UK's fabricated "Skripal case"

On April 1, the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sent the following questions regarding the fabricated "Skripal case" to the OPCW's Technical Secretariat:

1. What kind of assistance has London requested from the OPCW's Technical Secretariat?

2. Will the OPCW's Technical Secretariat, acting in accordance with the established procedure, share information with the Executive Council, including Russia, which the UK will provide to the OPCW's Technical Secretariat as per Clause 38 (?) of Article VIII of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which stipulates the provision of "technical evaluation to States Parties in the implementation of the provisions of this Convention, including evaluation of scheduled and unscheduled chemicals"?

3. Has the UK party provided the OPCW's Technical Secretariat with the current, medical, legal or any other additional information regarding the British inquiry?

4. What exactly would the British like the OPCW's Technical Secretariat to confirm: the fact of the use of a nerve gas, or that it was a type of nerve agent known as Novichok according to the Western classification?

5. What kind of data and material evidence have the British provided to the OPCW's Technical Secretariat (samples, the results of analysis of these samples, any other evidence)?

6. Who headed the OPCW group of experts who visited Britain? What specialists formed the group? How long did they work? With whom did they interact?

7. What procedure was used to collect samples? Was this carried out in compliance with the fundamental principle stipulated for OPCW investigations, that is, the "chain of custody"?

8. Which certified laboratories will analyse the samples which the OPCW's Technical Secretariat received during the visit of its experts to Britain?

9. How much time does the OPCW's Technical Secretariat need to reach a conclusion?

10. Has the OPCW's Technical Secretariat approved the disclosure of the investigative material by the UK to the EU countries (according to available information, France has become fully involved in the investigation)?

11. Has France notified the OPCW's Technical Secretariat of its involvement in the technical assistance as requested by the UK?

12. Has France provided its material on the investigation, if any, to the OPCW's Technical Secretariat?

13. Can the OPCW's Technical Secretariat provide the French investigative material, if any, to Russia for perusal? If not, why?

Russia's questions to the United Kingdom regarding the Skripal case fabricated against Russia

On March 31, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London delivered to the British Foreign Ministry a note with a list of questions to the British side regarding the Skripal case fabricated against Russia:

1. Why has Russia been denied consular access to two Russian citizens who were injured in the UK?

2. Which specific antidotes and in what form were the victims administered? How did the British doctors at the scene of the incident happen to have such antidotes in their possession?  

3. On what grounds did France become involved in the technical side of investigating an incident in which Russian citizens were injured?

4. Has the United Kingdom notified the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of France's involvement in the investigation of the incident in Salisbury? 

5. What does the incident involving two Russian citizens in the United Kingdom have to do with France?

6. Which norms of British procedural legislation allow for the involvement of a foreign state in a domestic investigation?

7. What evidence was handed over to France for testing and to conduct its own investigation?

8. Were French specialists present when biological samples were collected from Sergey and Yulia Skripal? 

9. Did French specialists conduct their own tests of the biological samples collected from Sergey and Yulia Skripal and, if so, at which specific laboratories were the tests conducted?

10. Does the United Kingdom possess the results of the investigation carried out by France?

11. Have the results of the French investigation been submitted to the OPCW Technical Secretariat?

12. Based on which attributes (markers) was the alleged "Russian origin" of the substance used in Salisbury established?

13. Does the United Kingdom have control samples of the chemical warfare agent which British representatives refer to as Novichok?

14. Have samples of the chemical warfare agent of the Novichok type (in accordance to British terminology) or its analogues been developed in the United Kingdom?

Russia's questions to France regarding the Skripal case fabricated against Russia by the United Kingdom

On March 31, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Paris delivered to the French Foreign Ministry a note with a list of questions to the French side regarding the Skripal case fabricated against Russia:

1. On what grounds did France become involved in the technical side of the United Kingdom's investigation of the incident in Salisbury?

2. Has France officially notified the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of its involvement in the technical side of the investigation of the incident in Salisbury? 

3. What evidence did the United Kingdom hand over to France as part of the technical side of the investigation?

4. Were French specialists present when biological samples were collected from Sergey and Yulia Skripal? 

5. Did French specialists conduct their own tests of the biological samples collected from Sergey and Yulia Skripal and, if so, at which specific laboratory?

6. Based on which attributes did the French specialists conclude that the chemical warfare agent of the Novichok type (in accordance to British terminology) or its analogues were used in this case?

7. What expert knowledge does France have in studying chemical warfare agents of this type or its analogues?

8. Based on which attributes (markers) was the alleged "Russian origin" of the substance used in Salisbury established by French specialists?

9. Does France have control samples of the Novichok chemical warfare agent (in accordance to British terminology) or its analogues?

10. Have samples of the chemical warfare agent of this type or its analogues been developed in France and, if so, for what purpose?