March 19, 2019

The Russian-Federation and the OPCW

Press Conference Russian-Federation And The OPCW

The Hague, 26 February 2019. The Embassy of the Russian Federation hosted a press conference, following the two extraordinary meetings of the OPCW´s Executive Council in January and February 2019 pertaining a proposal from the Russian-Federation to include chemicals in the Annex on Chemicals of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The Russian Federation proposed to include five families of chemicals in the Annex on Chemicals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. However, USA, EU, Canada, NL, etc. agreed to the first four proposals but not the 5th proposal, on the ground that it does not satisfy the required criteria.

According to the Russian Federation, the proposal would have added strength to the Chemical Weapons Convention. A substantial argumentation for the dismissal was not provided.

The Russian-Federation will, however, present the proposal again to the OPCW member States.

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