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Vladimir Putin has indicated willingness to disregard the international ban on chemical weapons (Credit: Image by klimkin from Pixabay).

Dr. Hanna Notte, a senior non-resident scholar at the Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies spoke with the New York Times about Russia’s potential use of chemical weapons in Ukraine.

As the West is warning that Russian chemical weapons strikes against Ukraine may be imminent, Dr. Notte says it may be difficult to hold Russia responsible for chemical strikes because it can take up to a year to identify a poison and its perpetrator. She also said that chemical weapons are especially effective at instilling fear because the international community is constrained in its ability to respond to a chemical attack.

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