>> Moscow has lost a vote calling for a new joint investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil. President Vladimir Putin called a special meeting of the world's chemical weapons watch dog in the Hague on Wednesday, but his demand for Russia to participate in a probe was defeated.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons voted against the proposal by 15 to 6. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the nerve-agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury last month. Sergei remains in a critical condition, but Yulia is recovering. The case has plunged East/West relations to their lowest point since the Cold War, with the UK and its allies expelling around 130 Russian diplomats, and Moscow responding in kind.
On Tuesday, the head of British military research center Porton Down said it had so far been unable to tell whether the nerve agent used in the Skripal attack was produced in Russia.>> We are 100% certain that this is from the Novochok family of nerve agents, a military grade nerve agent.
It's not for us to advise on who made the nerve agent or where indeed it came from.>> He added that only a state actor would have the ability to make it. The OPCW is currently conducting its own tests on the nerve agent. Russia says it won't recognize the results unless it's allowed to participate in the testing.