Couple poisoned by Novichok received ‘high dose’ of lethal agent

UK official reassures residents in poisoning case | World

UK official reassures residents in poisoning case | World

The Kremlin said on Monday it was sorry to hear that a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, had died after being poisoned by a nerve agent, but said any suggestion that Russian Federation was involved would be "quite absurd".

Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill last weekend in the town of Amesbury, near Salisbury, the city where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with Novichok in March. Both she and Rowley were admitted to Salisbury District Hospital, the same hospital where the Skripals were treated.

London had pinned responsibility for the attack on Moscow then.

The Kremlin said it would be "absurd" to suggest Russian Federation was involved in the death of Sturgess. Police are investigating the death of Sturgess, a mother of three children, as a homicide. Ms Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday night.

"Just like before, we are deeply concerned that toxic substances continue to surface on British soil", Peskov said.

"Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country", May said in March, "or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was appalled and shocked by Ms Sturgess's death, and Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the "desperately sad news only strengthens our resolve to find out exactly what has happened".

"This activity has centred on Dawn's address at John Baker House, Salisbury, Charlie's address in Muggleton Road, Amesbury, and Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury", Mr Basu said.

Basu said that detectives would need forensic evidence before definitively concluding that the Novichok used in the first attack had made the British couple ill.

The Guardian wrote that while British health officials still say there is no broader threat to the public, they are still advising locals to avoid picking up objects such as "needles, syringes and unusual containers".

"As I've said before, there is no evidence that either Dawn or Charlie visited any of the sites that were decontaminated following the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal", Scotland Yard's counterterrorism chief Neil Basu announced Monday.

According to a statement from London Metropolitan Police, "The possibility that the two investigations might be linked is clearly a key line of inquiry for police". Police later said nothing out of the ordinary had been found.

'But we must not lose sight of the fact that responsibility for the fact that a military-grade nerve agent was used in Salisbury and South Wiltshire, rests with Vladimir Putin's Kremlin alone'.

Novichok, which works by causing a slowing of the heart and restriction of the airways, is one of the world's rarest nerve agents.

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