Russia says it does not recognise extra powers given to global chemical arms watchdog

The logo of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is seen during a special session in the Hague, Netherlands, on June 26, 2018.
The logo of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is seen during a special session in the Hague, Netherlands, on June 26, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday (June 28) said Moscow does not recognise new powers the international community has given the global chemical weapons watchdog.

"Moscow does not recognise the legitimacy of the new mechanism within the OPCW (the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)," Mr Ryabkov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies.