USA conducts training for Estonia on investigating murder with chemical weapons

USA conducts training for Estonia on investigating murder with chemical weapons

The United States conducted a virtual training session with Estonian partners on the prevention and investigation of mass destruction (WMD) killings, the State Department said.

According to the department, this is part of a series of initiatives that the State Department plans to carry out across Europe.

“Recent events in Europe have highlighted the real threat of government-sanctioned targeted attacks using weapons of mass destruction,” the agency said in a statement. “To effectively counter such heinous actions requires reliable communication channels between technical experts, law enforcement agencies and policymakers.”

US experts and international partners provided the Estonian authorities with the information they need to develop contingency plans, assign roles and responsibilities, and create an environment for authorities to conduct investigations quickly and efficiently.

The State Department recalled that Russia has repeatedly used weapons of mass destruction in the past in assassination attempts on its opponents, including using nerve agents from the Novichok group in an attempt to poison Sergei Skripal in the UK in 2018 and Alexei Navalny in Tomsk in 2020.

“We call on Russia to cease further use of chemical weapons and fully disclose and destroy its chemical weapons program in accordance with the obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the statement said.

“The United States is committed to helping our partners around the world counter malicious acts and looks forward to working together to help them identify cases of alleged use of weapons of mass destruction, investigate those incidents, and provide effective responses,” the State Department added.

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