Murder probe launched after Amesbury Novichok victim dies

UK woman poisoned by same nerve agent as Russian spy dies, police say

"After the hell visited upon Russian Federation by official London after the worldwide hate campaign launched by the UK Government against our country and our people in the past months, there is much which could be said today", the Foreign Affairs Ministry statement read.

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

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".

Russian ex-agent Sergey Skripal, who received asylum in United Kingdom after being released in a spy Exchange in 2010, and his daughter Yulia were treated for weeks by poisoning with a nervous agent, before receiving medical discharge.

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning - a charge strongly denied by Moscow which has challenged British authorities to show the evidence.

Police said there is no evidence that either Sturgess or Rowley visited any of the sites where the Skripals may have been poisoned.

A murder probe has been launched after the mum-of-three exposed to the nerve agent Novichok died in hospital.

Authorities are still trying to determine if both instances of Novichok exposure are linked.

They had been exposed to an agent known as Novichok.

"We continue to be deeply anxious by the continuing presence of these poisonous substances on British territory", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked about the death of Sturgess.

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

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in a hospital in Salisbury, in southern England, police said on Sunday.

The reaction of a couple exposed to novichok in Wiltshire was "so severe" they "must have got a high dose", police have said.

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.

"Our thoughts are also with the people of Salisbury and Amesbury and the Home Secretary will make a statement shortly including on the support we will continue to provide to the local community throughout this hard time". It was reported last night that both Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley both had traces of Novichok on just one hand.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was appalled and shocked by the death.

Neil Basu leads counter-terrorism efforts for the Metropolitan Police force. Moscow has denied any involvement. The investigation into attack on Skripal remains open.

Sturgess' death comes as US President Donald Trump prepares this week to travel first to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, then to the London area for meetings with May and the Queen, followed by a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next Monday.

Peskov went on to comment on a separate statement by Russia's representative at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alexander Vasilievich Shulgin. "It's hard to escape the thought that everything was pre-planned and deliberately brought about to escalate the global situation and undermine Russia's authority and its ties with other parties".

"It's more Britain's problem and the problem of how much Britain is interested in a real investigation".



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