Saturday, 22 September, 2018

British woman dies after Novichok nerve agent poisoning

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono prior to their breakfast meeting in Tokyo Japan on Sunday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono prior to their breakfast meeting in Tokyo Japan on Sunday
Patty Aguilar | 12 July, 2018, 07:05

Theresa May said she was "appalled and shocked" by her death.

Her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, is still in a critical condition after the couple fell ill in Amesbury, Wiltshire, last Saturday.

Britain has openly accused Russian Federation of being responsible for poisoning the Skripals with Novichok, a family of advanced nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970 and 1980s.

Russia's embassy to Britain said on Monday it would regard the Amesbury poisoning incident which has left one woman, Dawn Sturgess dead, as an anti-Russian provocation in the absence of access to the investigation.

The poisoning in March of the Skripals with Novichok was the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon on European soil since World War Two.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation was "deeply concerned" about the incident in Amesbury - but said accusations that it was involved are "absurd".

British police say they believe the latest victims of poisoning by nerve agent Novichok must have handled the material's container.

Ms Sturgess was rushed to hospital after becoming ill on June 30.

The Britons were initially thought to have taken an overdose of heroin or crack cocaine.

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The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down confirmed on Wednesday that Sturgess and Rowley had been exposed to Novichok. While Russia made a point a year ago of destroying its last remaining stockpiles of publicly declared chemical weapons, Reuters noted that it is "not believed to have ever declared Novichok or its ingredients to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)". Police say they don't think Sturgess and Rowley visited any of the locations decontaminated after the Skripals' poisoning.

Britain "understands that direct dialogue between the two superpowers is capable of reducing the level of confrontation, gradually raising the level of trust between our countries, and destroying the lies fabricated against Russia", Zheleznyak said in July 9 comments released by his party.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday evening in hospital.

Salisbury's MP has pointed the finger at Vladimir Putin after a woman who was poisoned by a Russian nerve agent died. Her father was discharged on May 18.

She added: "The staff here at Salisbury District Hospital worked tirelessly to save Dawn".

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The BBC has reported that the risk of Novichok contact to the general public remains low.

"What I am very confident of, with the amount of police work that's going on here, the support both from Wiltshire Police but also more than 100 officers from the counter-terrorism network involved as well, that they will eventually, one way or the other, get to the bottom of this", he said.

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