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Russian briefing at OPCW chemical arms body is stunt - UK envoy

Britain's ambassador Peter Wilson speaks after a meeting with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague, the Netherlands, April 18, 2018. Evert-Jan Daniels/Pool via Reuters

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Britain’s ambassador to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday that a briefing arranged by Russia and Syria on the OPCW’s premises was a stunt.

Russia and Syria say they have brought several Syrians from Douma, where the OPCW is investigating possible use of chemical weapons in an April 7 attacks, as proof that no chemical attack took place.

Ambassador Peter Wilson said any witnesses should be interviewed by OPCW investigators instead, adding that Britain and its allies would not attend.

“The OPCW is not a theatre” he said in a statement.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Gareth Jones