London / Salisbury (dpa) – Following the death of a Briton poisoned by Nowitschok, Scotland Yard has opened a murder investigation. On Monday afternoon, the government’s crisis committee, the Cobra Committee, was to meet in London. The 44-year-old woman from Amesbury died Sunday night at the hospital. At the clinic in Salisbury, she had spent a good week together with her 45-year-old partner, who is still in critical condition. The police assume that the two have touched a container with the nerve poison. The dose was very high.
British media reported that both were drug users. You might have found a vial or a syringe containing the remains of gadgets used in the assassination of the scripts. Because not far from the place of residence of the deceased woman, who leaves three children, the Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal (67) and his daughter Julia (33) as a result of an attack also came into contact with the neurotoxin. London blamed Moscow for that. Russia denies any involvement. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that Russia regrets the Briton’s death. The Kremlin is not aware, however, that anyone associates Russia with the recent poisoning case. Such allegations would be absurd, he said the agency Tass. The Russian ambassador to the Netherlands and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Schulgin, on the other hand, hinted that it could be a conspiracy against Russia. “It’s hard to break with the thought that it was all planned … to exacerbate the international situation and hurt Russia’s credibility and relations with other countries,” Schulgin told the newspaper “Izvestia.” The deceased Briton and her partner have, according to police, touched a contaminated object. What it was, was initially unclear. The two lived only about 13 kilometers from Salisbury, where the Skripals were victims of an attack with Nowitschok in March. Like the Skripals, the couple was taken to the Salisbury District Hospital.
It is possible that the two investigations would be linked, said Scotland Yard With. “It is important, however, that the investigation only follows the evidence and the facts,” the police say. The investigations into the death are led by the anti-terror police, about 100 investigators are in use. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “shocked and shocked”. Interior Minister Sajid Javid said: “This deeply sad news strengthens our desire to find out exactly what has happened.” The police locked up six areas in Amesbury and Salisbury, 13 kilometers away, where the couple was nearing their first symptoms. These include a pharmacy, a church and the home of the 45-year-olds. The hostel where his girlfriend lived was evacuated.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia had been found unconscious four months ago on a park bench in neighboring Salisbury. They barely escaped death and now live in a secret place. London accused Moscow To have been mastermind of the plot. Nowitschok was developed in the former Soviet Union, later it was also experimented with in other countries. The Kremlin denies any allegations. The case triggered a serious diplomatic crisis. More than two dozen countries expelled Russian diplomats. Russia also reacted with expulsions. Because of the Skripal case, the royal family and British politicians decided not to visit the World Cup in Russia. Now the English team are aiming for their greatest success in Moscow since the home World Cup 1966, when England became world champion. On Wednesday in the Russian capital is the semi-final against Croatia.
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