British Officials Say Nerve Agent That Poisoned Two People Same as Earlier Incident
Britain's interior minister says a poison used to sicken a British man and woman last week is the same one that sickened a former Russian spy and his daughter.
Sajid Javid gave the latest report on the two people found unresponsive in the town of Amesbury. The two have been identified as 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and 45-year-old Charlie Rowley.
Javid said of the poisonous substance, "This has been identified as the same nerve agent that contaminated both Yulia and Sergei Skripal."
The attack on the Skripals took place in March in the city of Salisbury. They were poisined with Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the former Soviet Union.
British Security Minister Ben Wallace spoke to the BBC on Thursday. He said investigators believe the new incident resulted from the earlier one that involved the Skripals. But he also said investigators do not believe that Sturgess and Rowley were meant to be targeted in the latest incident.
Javid said it is not clear if the nerve agent found in the latest incident was from the same batch as the one that poisoned the Skripals.
The unexpected poisoning of the couple has raised public concerns in the Salisbury area.
Salisbury is 13 kilometers from Amesbury. Health officials, however, say the risk to the public is low. Sturgess and Rowley have no known links to Russia. Britain blamed Russia for poisoning the Skripals.
Wallace called on Russia to share information about the poisoning.
Russia has denied any involvement in either incident. It has claimed that Britain is at fault and is seeking to create anti-Russian feelings.
Russia said Thursday it had offered assistance to Britain with the Skripal investigation, but that Britain refused the offer.
The incident resulted in the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War. The United States and European allies took the side of Britain and blamed Russia for the incident.
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1.interior minister 内政部长
Yesterday saw the resignation of the acting Interior Minister.
2.the Cold War 冷战
With the Cold War almost over, the talks were a mere formality.
3.public concerns 公众关心（的问题）
We usually discussed shared public concerns.
4.took place 发生；举行
We have incontrovertible evidence of what took place.
5.The United States and European allies took the side of Britain and blamed Russia for the incident.
took the side of 支持；站队
They took the side of the speaker.
We took the side of the workers in the strike.
6.He said investigators believe the new incident resulted from the earlier one that involved the Skripals.
resulted from 由...造成的
The discrepancies resulted from different methods of computation.
The problem simply resulted from a difference of opinion.
萨伊德·贾韦德（Sajid Javid）报道了埃姆斯伯里镇发现的反应迟钝的两人的最新情况。经确认，两人分别是44岁的道恩·斯特里斯（Dawn Sturgess）和45岁的查利·罗雷（Charlie Rowley） 。
英国安全部部长本·华莱士（Ben Wallace）周四接受了英国广播公司（BBC）的采访。他说，调查人员认为，这起中毒事件是由先前的斯克利帕尔中毒事件造成的 。但他还指出，调查人员并不认为斯特里斯和罗雷是此次袭击的目标 。
索尔兹伯里距埃姆斯伯里13公里。然而，卫生部官员表示，公众面临的风险非常小 。据了解，斯特里斯和罗雷与俄罗斯没有任何关系 。英国指责俄罗斯毒杀斯克利帕尔 。