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Kremlin says 'absurd' to link Russia to Novichok death

AFP  |  Moscow 

The Kremlin today said it would be "absurd" to suggest was involved in the death of a British woman exposed to the Novichok

"We don't know that has been mentioned or associated with this," Vladimir Putin's said.

"We consider that in any case it would be quite absurd."

It was the Kremlin's first reaction to the poisoning of two British citizens exposed to Novichok near Salisbury in England, where former Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned in March.

That poisoning sparked a tense diplomatic row between and

Peskov added that "we of course very much regret the death of the British citizen."

and were taken to hospital last weekend from a house in the town of Amesbury, around 12 kilometres (eight miles) from Salisbury, and were found to have been exposed to Novichok.

Police announced Sturgess's death yesterday.

is "deeply concerned by the continuing appearance of these poisonous substances on British territory," which "present a danger not just for the British but for all Europeans," Peskov said.

Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter with a that was developed in the

Both the Skripals have now been released from hospital and are living in a secret location.

Putin has said that if a military-grade had been used against them, the victims would have died.

Peskov today denied a suggestion by Russia's to the (OPCW) that the incident appeared to be designed to damage preparations for a meeting between Putin and US in this month.

"It has nothing to do with the summit," Peskov said.

"It's more Britain's problem and the problem of how much Britain is interested in a real investigation.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:25 IST