The U.S. calls on Russia to “declare and destroy its chemical weapons program,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
Earlier, the United States and the EU accused Russian authorities of “poisoning” Alexei Navalny. The Kremlin has previously denied accusations of the presence of banned poisonous substances. According to Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Moscow complies with all its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
“Any use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, ever and under any circumstances is unacceptable, it is contrary to international law … The United States calls on Russia to comply with its obligations under the convention on chemical weapons and to declare and destroy its chemical weapons program under the international verification regime,” Price said at the briefing.
He also welcomed EU sanctions against Russia on Navalny.
Russian authorities have previously stated that the last kilogram of chemical warfare agents from Russia’s stockpile was destroyed on September 27, 2017. Thus, the federal target program implemented in 1996 was completed ahead of schedule, and Russia fulfilled its obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 100% by eliminating about 40 thousand tons of toxic substances.