Britain, Russia Clash Over New Nerve-Agent Poisoning Case

Counter-terrorism police in UK investigating poisoning by ‘unknown substance

Police said, "We are not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Skripals were exposed to".

A Russian Embassy spokesman said: "It is regrettable that United Kingdom officials try to link a second poisoning with Russia without having produced any credible results of the investigation of the first one". There is nothing to suggest there is any wider risk to anyone at the hospital.

But another, more troubling, scenario would be that it was a different batch of Novichok that sickened the British couple last weekend in the small town of Amesbury.

"The eyes of the world are now on Russian Federation, not least because of the World Cup", British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said on Thursday.

The latest victims of the poison were named by their friend Sam Hobson, 29, as Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess.

Peskov noted Britain has rejected Russia's offer for a joint probe, adding that "the British side has not presented any evidence of Russia's involvement in this, besides unfounded accusations".

The Russian embassy in London called for a joint investigation into the Salisbury incident.

And now, in a staggering display of ineptitude, they appear to have abandoned the attempted murder weapon, possibly a poison-bearing syringe, in a public place for others, including the police, to find.

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Russian Federation responded to the criticism from London by saying Britain was trying to frame Moscow for the latest poisoning.

"How dumb (do) they think (Russia) is to use "again" so-called "Novichok" in the middle of the FIFA World Cup..."

The Metropolitan Police said that they were not aware of any officer having been hospitalised.

Speaking to Parliament on Thursday, Interior Minister Sajid Javid said a link between the cases was "clearly the main line of inquiry" and demanded Moscow explain itself. On Wednesday night, Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism chief Neil Basu issued a statement confirming that the analyses came back positive for Novichok. Health officials, however, say the risk to the public is low.

Several sites in the city and nearby Amesbury that were visited by the couple have been cordoned off, including a park, a pharmacy, a church and a supermarket. They also urged locals not to pick up any unknown items.

"The working assumption would be that these are victims of either the outcome of the previous attack, or something else, but not that they were directly targeted", security minister Ben Wallace told the BBC. He called on Moscow to provide information, saying: "The Russian state could put this wrong right. They're just like us".

The Skripal poisoning resulted in a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United Kingdom, US and allied countries, despite the Kremlin's insistence that it did not try to poison the ex-spy.

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