British woman dies after Novichok nerve agent poisoning

Frederick Owens
July 10, 2018

A woman who was exposed to a Soviet-era nerve agent in Amesbury, England, died on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the attack on the Skripals, an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied.

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The Kremlin said yesterday it would be "absurd" to suggest Russian Federation was involved in the death of Sturgess.

A woman who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Wiltshire county in South West England died in hospital on Sunday, The Guardian reported. The Kremlin is alarmed at the repeat poisonings that recent hit Great Britain since this poses a grave danger to all of Europe, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

A post-mortem examination of Ms Sturgess, from Durrington, is due to take place and her family has been informed, police said.

The death of Sturgess was being investigated as a murder, police said in a statement.

Both were taken to Salisbury District Hospital, where they were treated for exposure to a nerve agent of the type known as Novichok. Following tests, no traces of the nerve agent have been identified on the bus.

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

"We consider that in any case it would be quite absurd".

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Police say that Rowley remains critically ill.

"There is no evidence that they visited any of the sites that were decontaminated following the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March this year", Basu said.

More than 100 police are trying to search all areas where Sturgess and Rowley had been before they became ill.

The van has been sent to the military research facility Porton Down, near Salisbury.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "appalled and shocked", and sent her "thoughts and condolences" to the family.

The head of Britain's counter-terror police also said he could not rule out further contaminations.

"This latest horrendous turn of events has only served to strengthen the resolve of our investigation team as we work to identify those responsible for this outrageous, reckless and barbaric act", Mr Basu said.

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.

The Ministry of Defence is working with the police on the investigation and the clear-up effort, with 175 armed forces personnel involved. "Right now we have the final stages of the 2018 World Cup and the Russia-US summit in Helsinki coming up. It's hard to shake the feeling that all of this was planned and deliberately thrown out there to inflame world events and damage Russia's authority and its relations with other countries", Shulgin added.

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.

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