‘Why did your nation kill my girlfriend?’: Novichok sufferer Charlie Rowley comes head to head with Russian ambassador, however says he was simply fed propaganda throughout 90-minute assembly
- Charlie Rowley mentioned he believed Russia was accountable for the Salisbury assault
- His spouse Daybreak Sturgess died after being uncovered to nerve agent Novichok
- The 45-year-old mentioned Russian ambassador did not agree on nation’s involvement
Novichok sufferer Charlie Rowley requested Russia’s ambassador ‘did you kill my girlfriend?’ when questioning him concerning the dying of his companion.
Mr Rowley mentioned he nonetheless believed Russia was chargeable for the Salisbury assault and that he was fed ‘Russian propaganda’ through the 90-minute assembly in London.
The 45-year-old and his companion Daybreak Sturgess, 44, had been uncovered to the identical nerve agent used to assault ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia final March.
Mr Rowley mentioned he nonetheless believed Russia was chargeable for the Salisbury assault and that he was fed ‘Russian propaganda’ through the 90-minute dialogue
The couple fell ailing in Amesbury months later after coming into contact with a fragrance bottle believed to have been used within the poisonings after which discarded.
Ms Sturgess tragically died in hospital in July after spraying the fragrance laced with poison on her wrists.
Chatting with the Sunday Mirror, Mr Rowley mentioned Alexander Yakovenko had appeared ‘genuinely involved’ about his scenario after they met on the Russian embassy in Kensington, however had not modified his view on Russia’s involvement within the poisonings.
Mr Rowley mentioned: ‘I went alongside to ask them ‘Why did your nation kill my girlfriend?’, however I did not actually get any solutions.
‘I favored the ambassador, however I assumed a few of what he mentioned making an attempt to justify Russia not being accountable was ridiculous.
The 45-year-old and his companion Daybreak Sturgess, 44, had been uncovered to the identical nerve agent used to assault ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia final March
‘I am glad I met him and really feel I did discover out some issues I did not know earlier than. However I nonetheless assume Russia carried out the assault.’
Mr Rowley, who says he continues to endure from the long-term results of publicity to Novichok, mentioned he had requested the ambassador ‘greater than a dozen questions in all’, together with asking him about his claims that Britain was behind the assault.
He mentioned Mr Yakovenko instructed him the substance used had not come from Russia and that the nation solely had small quantities of Novichok.
Chatting with the Sunday Mirror after the assembly, Mr Yakovenko mentioned he and Mr Rowley had been ‘on the identical web page’ and wished to see a report into the investigation printed.
Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement, with president Vladimir Putin claiming the 2 suspects had been civilians
‘It will be significant for Russia, but in addition for Charlie Rowley,’ he mentioned.
‘I’ve seen a standard one that has actually suffered lots and who has suffered a tragedy in his life. If he requested for it, I might give him help.’
In September, Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service mentioned there was ample proof to cost two Russians – identified by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – with offences together with conspiracy to homicide over the Salisbury nerve agent assault.
They’re accused of being members of the Russian navy intelligence service the GRU.
Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement, with president Vladimir Putin claiming the 2 suspects had been civilians.
Throughout an interview, the pair mentioned they had been vacationers visiting Salisbury – notably its well-known cathedral.