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Russia's reported use of a chemical weapon against a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom in March caused an international uproar that echoes to the present day.more than 40 years have passed since Moscow signed the Biological Weapons Convention in 1972 and pledged to discontinue its biological weapons program, it remains unclear whether Russia has fully honored its commitments.When it comes to outlawed weapons of mass destruction, the Novichok program, named for the chemical nerve agent used in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, might only be the tip of the iceberg. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union had the world's largest covert biological weapons program, which later was inherited by an independent Russia.However, in light of the Kremlin's historical record of violating the BWC, the secrecy surrounding Russia's research facilities and the ostensible strategic value of an offensive biological program, a significant degree of mistrust and suspicion between Russia and the West will likely remain for the time being.
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