Russia demands to return its contribution to OPCW's budget because of its desire to participate in the financing of the feature mechanism created within the organization.
According to Alexander Shulgin, a permanent representative of Russia OPCW, the Russian side considers the creation of an illegitimate reference mechanism. "It took less than half of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention," he said on Russian-24 television channel.
Shulgin added that this decision also does not meet the provisions of the Convention. Russia does not intend to link itself in any way and adopt measures to create a mechanism of features, he stressed.
According to the diplomat, in November last year, during the meeting of the conference, the Russian side announced that it would seek to return its share of unspent funds from the OPCW budget for 2016, which are planned to be sent to create a feature team.
The OPCW General Conference in November approved changes to the organization's budget, according to which funds will be allocated to the work of the feature mechanism. This mechanism will need to determine who is responsible for the chemical attack.
In the meantime, of the 126 delegates who participated in the conference, 99 voted in favor, and 27, including Russia, opposed.