Global chemical weapons watchdog ‘closely watching’ Ukraine – Expat Guide to the Netherlands

The global chemical weapons watchdog said on Friday it has been closely monitoring Ukraine since the Russian invasion to monitor “threats of toxic chemicals being used as weapons”.

The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Fernando Arias, met with the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, to discuss “the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention”, the organization said. based in The Hague.

“Since the beginning of the current conflict, the OPCW Technical Secretariat has been closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine,” the OPCW said in a statement after the meeting.

Friday’s talks focused on “the threat of use of chemical weapons and protection assistance and support from the OPCW Technical Secretariat as well as states parties to the convention”, he said. .

The Chemical Weapons Convention is the treaty signed by most countries in the world, including Ukraine and Russia, banning the use of chemical weapons.

Stefanchuk’s visit follows the Russian attack on a chemical plant last week in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, in which a nitric acid tank was hit.

The tank’s destruction prompted Ukrainian authorities to call on residents to “stay indoors and prepare protective masks soaked in soda solution”.

Arias said the OPCW stands ready to provide technical assistance to Ukraine, “particularly in the area of ​​chemical safety and security.”

Stefanchuk said in turn that Ukraine – which ratified the convention in 1998 – remained committed to its implementation.

“Ukraine undertakes not to use any chemicals as a means of warfare,” Stefanchuk said.

The OPCW has 193 member states, including Kyiv and Moscow, and has overseen the destruction of 99% of the world’s declared chemical stockpiles.

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