The U.S. trained Estonia to investigate chemical weapons murders

The U.S. trained Estonia to investigate chemical weapons murders

In light of recent developments, State Department plans similar initiatives across Europe

The United States held a virtual training session with Estonian partners on preventing and investigating weapons of mass destruction (WMD) killings, the State Department said.

It is part of a series of initiatives the State Department plans to conduct across Europe, the agency said.

“Recent events in Europe have underscored the real threat of government-sanctioned, targeted weapons of mass destruction attacks,” the department said in a statement. – Robust channels of communication between technical experts, law enforcement and policymakers are needed to effectively counter such heinous acts.”

U.S. experts and international partners have provided Estonian authorities with the information they need to develop contingency plans, assign roles and responsibilities, and create an environment that allows authorities to investigate quickly and effectively.

The State Department recalled that Russia has used WMD in assassination attempts against its opponents numerous times in the past, including the use of Novichok nerve agents in the attempts to poison Sergei Skripal in Britain in 2018 and Alexei Navalny in Tomsk in 2020.

“We call on Russia to stop further use of chemical weapons and to fully disclose and destroy its chemical weapons program in accordance with its 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 continuing to work together to help them identify the alleged use of WMD as a weapon, investigate these incidents, and provide an effective response,” the State Department added.