Russia proposes lifting ban on sale of chemical warfare agents
From The Moscow Times
Russia’s Defense Ministry has proposed removing chemical warfare agents from a list of products that are banned from being sold to the public. The ministry said that because Russia has destroyed all of its chemical weapon stockpiles, it “makes no sense” to keep them on the prohibition list.
"At present, all supplies of chemical weapons, which were kept on the territory of the Russian Federation, have been destroyed, meanwhile the sale of chemical weapons (including toxic chemicals considered chemical weapons and their precursors) is forbidden by the said [Chemical Weapons] Convention. Therefore it makes sense to delete chemical warfare agents from the list," the ministry
The military’s proposal comes less than a month after the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with what German authorities say is the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.