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UK asks Russia to explain second Novichok poisoning incident in England

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Following the second poisoning case allegedly involving a Soviet-made nerve agent in the UK, the British government has called on Russia to explain the situation.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Thursday, July 6, UK’s interior minister Sajid Javid stated that he was «comfortable» the «exact same nerve agent» had been used in both the Salisbury and Amesbury poisonings. The minister also called on Russia to explain «exactly what has gone on», adding: «We will stand up to the actions that threaten our security.»

Reacting to Javid’s comments, Russian foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova urged police not to be led by the «dirty political game» and said she was confident London would have to apologise to Russia.

Reportedly, a couple in the village of Amesbury are critically ill in hospital after being exposed to, what British counter-terrorism police says, is the same chemical substance used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripals.

Police on Wednesday said that tests at Britain’s Porton Down defence laboratory had confirmed that the substance was Novichok, which Britain says is a Soviet-made military grade nerve agent.

The village in southern England is close to the city of Salisbury, where former Russian-British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in March March 4. The event triggered an international outcry against Russia.


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