>> Who was behind the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the UK? Or alleged gas attacks in Syria that have killed large numbers of civilians. Well, now the world's chemical weapons watchdog has been empowered to answer such questions. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has until now only been mandated to identify if chemical weapons have been used.
But that changed at a special summit on Wednesday with the adoption of Britain's proposal to allow the OPCW to point the finger of blame.>> Well, we think that that will provide an extra deterrent to countries that may be thinking of breaking the taboo against the use of chemical weapons.
>> OPCW members voted in favor of the change by a margin of 82 to 24, easily reaching the two-thirds majority needed to succeed. Among those who voted against was Syria and allies Russia and Iran.>>
> Western countries blame the Syrian government for using banned nerve gas in several attacks that have killed large numbers of civilians.
And OPCW inspectors are currently preparing a report on an alleged gas attack in the enclave of Duma. But OPCW also confirmed the use of the nerve agent in the UK in March, which hospitalized former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and which the UK blames on Russia.
Russian representative Yogi Kalamanov said the OPCDW decision calls into question the future of the organization, describing it as a Titanic which is leaking and starting to sink.