Kremlin troubled by string of United Kingdom poisonings endangering all of Europe

  • Kremlin troubled by string of United Kingdom poisonings endangering all of Europe

Kremlin troubled by string of United Kingdom poisonings endangering all of Europe

A middle-aged British woman, who somehow came into contact with the Soviet-era nerve agent, died Sunday evening in a hospital in south England where she was being treated for exposure to the chemical weapon.

Local MP John Glen said the local community was "anxious" after police opened a murder inquiry, although health officials have said the danger to the general public is low.

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

The couple, who were heavy drinkers and drug takers, are believed to have picked up a syringe or vial of the nerve agent dumped by the assassins sent to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The March attack on the Skripals prompted the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War as allies sided with Britain's view that Moscow was either responsible or had lost control of the nerve agent. "Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely hard time", said Neil Basu, assistant commissioner and head of UK Counter Terrorism policing.

A woman has died a week after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in the Wiltshire town of Amesbury.

"There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record", Boris Johnson, Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary, said in a statement then.

Two days later, three days after the attack, the police confirmed the use of nerve agent.

Addressing reporters on Monday, Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "we of course very much regret the death of the British citizen". "We believe it is not only risky for the British, but also all other Europeans".

British authorities say Sturgess and Rowley, 45, were found unconscious on June 30 at a house in Amesbury, less than 20 kilometers from Salisbury.

A murder investigation has been launched.

He said the immediate police priority is to find any container that may be the source of the Novichok.

Counter-terrorism police are also studying roughly 1,300 hours of CCTV in the hope of finding clues about the couple's activities in the hours before they became violently ill.

He said no one else in the area has shown any sign of Novichok poisoning.

Yesterday, Mrs Sturgess's grieving family said they were "devastated" by her death.

"This is shocking and tragic news".

Russian Federation has reportedly denied involvement in both incidents.

Russian state television reports on July 9 nonetheless continued to cast doubt on the British investigations into the poisonings.

Asked whether the death could cloud the upcoming U.S. -Russia summit in Helsinki next week, Peskov replied that the poisoning "has no relation" to the meeting.