The director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Spaniard Fernando Arias González, condemned this Thursday that poisoning a person with a nerve agent is considered “the use of chemical weapons” under international law.
The head of the OPCW spoke like this after Germany stated that it had found “clear evidence” that Russian opponent Alexei Navalni was poisoned on Russian soil with a novichok nerve agent, the same type of agent used to poison the Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK in 2018.
“Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, any poisoning of a person through the use of a nerve agent is considered chemical weapon use. Such an allegation is of great concern,” the OPCW director general said in a statement.
Arias González recalled that the signatory countries to the Chemical Weapons Convention consider the use of chemical weapons “under no circumstances” to be “reprehensible and completely contrary to the legal norms established by the international community”.
The OPCW has stated that it is following up the Navalni case and is ready to assist any signatory country that requests its assistance.