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Police Trace Source of Novichok to British Man, Not Russia


In a huge embarrassment for the British government, police have identified a British man as the source of the novichok agent used to poison Russian spy Sergei Skirpal.

According to Scotland Yard, a bottle of the deadly poison that was recovered from the home of Charlie Rowley – one of the latest victims of novichok poisoning.

Sky News reports: Tests at Porton Down have confirmed that the substance in the bottle is novichok, Scotland Yard said.

An investigation is now under way to establish whether it is from the same batch that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March.

Mr Rowley’s partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday after falling ill on 30 June following exposure to the nerve agent.

Neil Basu, head of UK counter-terrorism policing, said: “This is clearly a significant and positive development.

“However, we cannot guarantee that there isn’t any more of the substance left and cordons will remain in place for some considerable time.

“This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team.

“I also appreciate there is a lot of interest in this, however, we are not in a position to disclose any further details regarding the bottle at this stage.”

The UK has invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent.

Detectives say they are trying to work out where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Mr Rowley’s house.

Police have spoken briefly to the 45-year-old who is now conscious in hospital.

The death of Ms Sturgess, a mother-of-three, is being treated by police as murder.

A post mortem will take place on Tuesday before an inquest into her death opens on Thursday.

About 100 counter-terrorism detectives are working on the investigation into the poisoning, along with officers from Wiltshire Police.

Authorities insist the risk to the public in Salisbury and Amesbury remains low and there have been been no further cases of people falling ill.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March after being exposed to novichok. They have since been discharged from hospital.

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Skripal case: EU demands ‘disclosure of Novichok program,’ Russia says it has ‘nothing to disclose’


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Moscow says it is “miffed” at the European Union’s “hasty, speculative, and evidence-free” judgment on the Sergei Skripal incident, and maintains that it has no stocks of Novichok, the nerve agent purportedly used to poison him.

On Monday, the European Council, which represents the heads of governments of the EU states, issued a statement that it “takes extremely seriously the UK Government’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible” for the March 4 attack.

The Council went on to say that it was “shocked at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years” and it called on Moscow “to address urgently the questions raised by the UK and the international community and to provide immediate, full and complete disclosure of its Novichok programme to the OPCW.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed regret “the European Union has ignored obvious facts…and has let its decisions be driven by misconstrued notions of European solidarity, and its anti-Russian reflexes,” it said in a press release published on Monday evening.

Moscow then accused Brussels of “ignoring” the OPCW, the international chemical weapons watchdog, which officially declared that Russia had finished destroying its store of similar weapons last year.

“We have nothing to ‘disclose’ as is demanded by the European Union, as no agents under the name of Novichok are produced or stockpiled in Russia. Perhaps it should redirect its queries to the UK or other member states where such substances are evidently still being developed,” said the Foreign Ministry.

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