June 27, 2018 / 2:58 PM / 5 months ago

Russian minister - future of chemicals body OPCW in question after vote

The Hague (Reuters) - Russia’s Industry Minister on Wednesday said the future of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was in doubt after member states voted - over objections by Moscow - to empower it to assign blame for attacks.

Speaking after OPCW member states voted 82-24 in favour of a British-led proposal affirming the agency should go beyond determining whether a banned weapon had been used, Georgy Kalamonov compared the organisation to a sinking ship.

“A lot of the countries that voted against the measure are starting to think about how the organisation will exist and function in the future,” he told reporters.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch. Writing by Toby Sterling; editing by John Stonestreet

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