Charlie Rowley: Novichok victim meets Russian ambassador

Charlie Rowley: Novichok victim meets Russian ambassador

The same substance used in a failed attempt to kill ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury three months earlier.

Rowley told the Sunday Mirror newspaper in an interview that Yakovenko said he would communicate the request to the president, and asked where Rowley would like to meet with Putin.

Sturgess had died after handling a perfume bottle that apparently held the nerve agent that was used against Skripal and Yulia. "I just got Russian propaganda", he told the Mirror.

A British man who survived exposure to a military grade nerve agent said he has questioned Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom about the accidental poisoning that killed his girlfriend past year, a newspaper reported Sunday.

"But I didn't really get any answers".

And the ambassador told Mr Rowley that his country wasn't behind the Salisbury attack because Russian Novichok "would have killed everyone".

"Some of what he said trying to justify Russian Federation not being responsible was ridiculous", he told the paper.

"I'm glad I met him and feel I did find out some things I didn't know before". Yakovenko told him the substance used to attack the Skripals had not come from Russian Federation and the country only had small amounts of Novichok, he said.

Last year, British prosecutors identified two Russians they said were operating under aliases - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - whom they accused of trying to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent.

Mr Yakovenko had seemed "genuinely concerned" during the 90-minute meeting, Mr Rowley said.

Britain charged the two men in absentia with attempted murder and said the suspects were military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

'It is important for Russian Federation, but also for Charlie Rowley, ' he said.

'I've seen a normal person who has really suffered a lot and who has suffered a tragedy in his life.

A Russian TV station also reported Rowley's meeting with the Russian envoy, saying the British man was eager for answers that Britain had failed to provide him.

During an interview, the pair said they were tourists visiting Salisbury - particularly its famous cathedral.

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