Following on from my earlier article, below is the text of the statement made yesterday – March 13 – by Ambassador Alexander Shulgin to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at the Hague. I agree that the UK government need to abandon the “the language of ultimatums and threats and return to the legal framework of the chemical convention, which makes it possible to resolve this kind of situation.”
This request seems the most reasonable solution to the current diplomatic freeze and the safest regarding what has now become a tactical impasse – which makes an escalation of hostilities more likely.
Mutual cooperation from both member states on this matter with an independent, international arbitrator, while operating within a framework of our international law, would open up possibilities to prevent this conflict from escalating further, which could ultimately end with potentially catastrophic consequences all round.
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