April 4, 2018 / 6:28 PM / 7 months ago

UK welcomes Russia defeat on joint chemical weapons inquiry

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson welcomed Russia’s defeat on Wednesday in its attempt to get the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to back a joint investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain.

“Russia has had one goal in mind since the attempted murders on UK soil through the use of a military-grade chemical weapon — to obscure the truth and confuse the public,” Johnson said in a statement.

“The international community has yet again seen through these tactics and robustly defeated Russia’s attempts today to derail the proper international process.”

Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Catherine Evans

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