Vladimir Putin: 'nothing criminal' about novichok suspects

Vladimir Putin: 'nothing criminal' about novichok suspects

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian Federation had identified two men Britain suspects of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal with a military-grade nerve agent, saying they were civilians.

Mr Putin said Moscow had identified the suspects and found that they were civilians.

"Of course, we've looked into who these people are".

Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the plenary session titled "The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities" as part of the 2018 Eastern Economic Forum at the Far Eastern Federal University on Russky Island in Vladivostok, Sept. 12, 2018.

Photographs showing Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two men accused of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal.

After the Skripals were poisoned March 4, Britain and more than two dozen other countries expelled a total of 150 Russian spies working under diplomatic cover. Britain blames the Russian government for the attack, a claim that Moscow has vehemently denied. "There is nothing particularly criminal there, I assure you", he said.

Putin called on the two men to appear in media to protest their innocence, saying he "wanted to address them directly".

Russian Federation has consistently denied any role in either incident.




The Skripals survived the poisoning but a local man, Charlie Rowley, picked up a fake perfume bottle containing Novichok weeks later.

If they do so, it would not be the first time accused Russian assassins have answered global allegations through the Russian media.

"I hope they will turn up themselves and tell everything".

Britain also accused the two men of being officers from Russia's intelligence service.

It has further damaged already severely strained relations between Russian Federation and the West and has been a cause for solidarity at a time when Western officials accuse Moscow of seeking to cause rifts in relations between Western countries.

The duo had entered Britain on genuine passports, prosecutors said, while British Prime Minister Theresa May described them as military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Prosecutors in the United Kingdom have issued European arrest warrants for the two men, who are accused of using a phony perfume bottle to spray the nerve agent Novichok on the front-door handle of Skripal's home in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

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