Kremlin says linking Russian Federation with new Novichok poisoning is 'absurd'

Kremlin says linking Russian Federation with new Novichok poisoning is 'absurd'

She became ill alongside a man named locally as Charlie Rowley, 45.

Police are hunting for a contaminated container which they believe was handled by the pair, who were known drug users.

AN English mother of three has died after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in the United Kingdom town of Amesbury last Saturday. Ms Sturgess, a mother-of-three, died on Sunday.

Public Health England has been heavily involved in the clean-up operation in both Amesbury and Salisbury and has continued to warn there is little risk to the public - despite the tragic death of Sturgess and Rowley's continued critical condition.

On Monday, authorities evacuated a bus in the city centre and, for a few hours, established a wide security cordon around it, raising fears of another nerve agent incident.

"I simply can not offer any guarantees", said Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, who is leading the investigation.

Neil Basu, the Met's assistant commissioner and leader of counter-terrorism operations, has said the force believes the novichok was in a vessel or container when the couple found it.

However, authorities have not yet revealed what this vessel was, why and how the two came across it, or how much Novichok was present. The van was parked not far from where Sturgess's parents lived.


Military personnel wearing gloves and gas masks were seen wrapping a white Audi in plastic, loading it on to a lorry and taking it away. Durrington is about two miles from Amesbury.

The nominally retired double agent Sergei Skripal spent several weeks in a coma after being discovered on a bench in Salisbury in March; he eventually recovered enough to be released from the hospital.

Counter-terrorism officers are still investigating the attempted murders of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, who were poisoned in March. He was later discovered, arrested, and exchanged in a high-profile spy swap.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "appalled and shocked", and sent her "thoughts and condolences" to the family. Previously, Shulgin expanded on Russia's long-held thesis thatthe Novichok poisoning was an anti-Russian conspiracy.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin says it is sorry to hear of Ms Sturgess' death, but says any suggestion that Russian Federation is involved would be "quite absurd".

I want to emphasise to everyone in the Salisbury and Amesbury area that nobody, adult or child, should pick up any foreign object which could contain liquid or gel, in the interests of their own safety.

Ricky Rogers, a local politician, told The Guardian that people did not know what to think.

Mr Deputy Speaker, Dawn's death only strengthens our resolve to find out exactly what happened and who is behind it. "There's too much speculation". They've have expanded their probe of one of those sites - low-income housing in the center of Salisbury - to include part of the nearby street and inside the building. "For the general public, it's not really an issue providing they don't go sticking their fingers in amusing places".

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