>> A British woman is killed by a Soviet era nerve gas, and officials are laying blame.>> The simple reality is that Russia has committed an attack on British soil which has seen the death of a British citizen. That is something that I think the world will unite with us in actually condemning.
>> UK Defense Secretary, Gavin Williamson, spoke out in Parliament after the death of 44-year old Dawn Sturgess. Police said Sturgess and her partner, Charlie Rowley, were exposed to high doses of the lethal poison Novichok, a chemical developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. They said Sturgess and Rowley came in contact with Novichok June 30th.
Just a few miles from where former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, were attacked in Salisbury with the same poison in March. They both survived.>> The police and security services are working urgently to establish the full facts in what is now a murder investigation.>> Britain's top counter-terrorism officers said detectives have yet to determine whether the same batch of Novichok was used in both incidents.
Officers are searching for a container that may have been contaminated with the poison and handled by Sturgess and Rowley. Russia has denied involvement in either of the poisonings. The Russian embassy to Britain said Monday it considers the incidents to be irresponsible, anti-Russian provocations by London.