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UK should ask for Russian help to investigate new poisoning: Russian lawmaker

A police officer stands in front of a housing development on Muggleton Road, which has been cordoned off after two people were hospitalised and police declared a 'major incident', in Amesbury, Wiltshire, Britain, July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain should ask Russian experts to help investigate a new poisoning incident involving a nerve agent, Vladimir Shamanov, head of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, was cited as saying by the RIA news agency on Thursday.

Two Britons are critically ill after what is thought to be a chance encounter with the poison after an attack on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Polina Nikolskaya; Editing by Andrew Osborn