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Kremlin says hasn’t been informed on ‘worrying’ new UK nerve agent case

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A police officer stands guard over a public rubbish bin that is cordoned off next to John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living in Amesbury, near Salisbury, southern England, on July 5, 2018 in connection with the investigation and major incident launched after a man and woman were found unconscious after exposure to what was later identified as the nerve agent Novichok. British police scrambled on July 5, to determine how a couple were exposed to the same nerve agent, Novichok, used on a former Russian spy earlier this year, leaving them critically ill. The couple were taken ill on Saturday in Amesbury, close to the city of Salisbury, where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench on March 4, in an incident that sparked a diplomatic crisis with Russia./ AFP PHOTO / Chris J Ratcliffe

Moscow on Thursday said it has no information on the case of a couple in the UK who were exposed to what London believes is the same nerve agent used on a former Russian spy this year.

“We do not have information about what substances were used and how they were used,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding it was “difficult to get a sense of this from media reports”.

He said that the case was “very worrying”.

London accused Moscow of being behind the March poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the southwestern England town of Salisbury — near the town of Amesbury, where the new incident occurred at the weekend.

The Kremlin however has furiously denied the allegations.

“From the very beginning the Russian side proposed conducting a joint investigation with the British side and this proposal remained without a response,” Peskov said.

The Skripals collapsed on March 4 on a Salisbury park bench and were treated for several weeks before being released from hospital.

A police officer who came to their aid, Nick Bailey, was also hospitalised.

The incident sparked a diplomatic crisis that saw Russia and the West expelling dozens of diplomats in tit-for-tat moves.

Britain said a Soviet-designed nerve agent dubbed Novichok was used on the Skripals.


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