Statement issued by the Standing Committee, Vilnius, 24 March 2018

24 March 2018

The Standing Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Vilnius has today been briefed by the United Kingdom delegation about the military grade nerve agent attack in Salisbury on March 4th.

The leader of the United Kingdom delegation, Richard Benyon, set out the details of the attack and the actions taken by the United Kingdom Government based on its assessment that it is highly likely that the attack was carried out by or on behalf of the Russian Federation.

Following this briefing, the Standing Committee expressed its solidarity with the United Kingdom and condemned the heinous and unprovoked attack, the first offensive use of a nerve agent on Alliance territory and a clear violation of international norms and laws. The Standing Committee also extended its support for the actions the United Kingdom Government has taken on a multilateral basis, including through the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in response to the attack, and called upon the Russian Federation to cooperate fully with the OPCW’s investigation.