Police speak to novichok victim Charlie Rowley

Police speak to novichok victim Charlie Rowley

Police have yet to establish how the couple, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and 45-year-old Charlie Rowley, came into contact with the nerve agent.

In response, the official Twitter account for Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Williamson's statements the latest attempt to unfairly blame Russian Federation for poisonings related to Novichok. Sturgess died as a result of her exposure on Sunday.

"That is something that I think the world will unite with us in actually condemning".

"While this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet", the statement said, according to the BBC.

But he said he found it highly unlikely there was not a link to the attack, which the United Kingdom blames on Russian Federation.

British police said Wednesday they have spoken briefly to the surviving victim of a nerve-agent poisoning in southwest England as they try to uncover how he and his girlfriend were exposed to the deadly toxin.

Reuters contributed reporting to this article.

The pair were found collapsed at Sturgess' Amesbury home on June 30.

Staff at Salisbury District Hospital said Mr Rowley has made a "a small but significant improvement" and has regained consciousness but still needs round-the-clock care. Medical workers initially suspected a drug overdose but tests by the Porton Down military research centre showed they had been exposed to Novichok.

A police officer stands in front of screening erected behind John Baker House, after it was confirmed that two people had been poisoned with the nerve-agent Novichok, in Amesbury, Britain, July 5, 2018.

Wiltshire Police tweeted on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) that the vehicle was being "safely" removed and reminded the public that the risk of contamination with the agent was low.

Britain blamed the Russian state for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter - an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied.

The backdrop to this meeting was British but the issue was global as police issued a Novichok warning to the residents of Salisbury.

Describing the difficulties of the investigation, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: 'There are multiple scenes, there are only limited numbers of scientists and forensic medical officers - all of whom are volunteers by the way - to do what is a really, really risky piece of work for obvious reasons.

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