Russian Federation says Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians'

13 September, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Putin says Russia has found men accused by UK over poisoning

"These are civilians", Putin said in remarks reported by Russian news agencies.

British police said the suspects, both about 40-years old, flew from Moscow to London on Russian passports two days before the Skripals were poisoned.

Rowley in July unwittingly picked up a fake perfume bottle, which the perpetrators filled with nerve agent meant to poison Skripal and made to look like it was from a designer brand.

British authorities have issued European arrest warrants for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two suspected members of Russian military intelligence, the GRU.

The Russian president also made the freakish move of asking Petrov and Boshirov to appear in public to dispel doubt about their true identity.

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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.

"We know who they are, we have found them", Putin said during an event with Japan's Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping.

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.

"Of course we have checked out who these people are", Mr. Putin said at a forum in Vladivostok in response to a question from a reporter. Well, I hope they will come out themselves and speak about themselves.

"There is nothing special or criminal about it, I can assure you". "We'll see in the near future", he added.

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Police officer Nick Bailey was also admitted to intensive care after becoming contaminated when he visited the Skripal's house. "The government has exposed the role of the GRU, its operatives and its methods, this position is supported by our worldwide allies", the spokesman told reporters.

Prime Minister Theresa May said intelligence showed the poisonings were state-sponsored by Russian Federation.

They spent weeks in hospital before being discharged.

In July, Mr Rowley came across the poison, which had been concealed inside a perfume bottle and left in a charity bin.

Russian Federation has said the names of the suspects - as indicated in their passports - given to them by British prosecutors were meaningless.

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