United Kingdom accuses Russian Federation of 'lies' after Putin's Skripal poisoning denial

15 September, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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   WE KNOW THEM Vladimir Putin says Russia has identified the Novichok attack suspects

"There is nothing special or criminal there", he added.

The British government has said Putin is ultimately responsible for the attack, a claim the Kremlin has furiously denied.

Detectives believe it is likely the two Salisbury suspects, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Mr Petrov and Mr Boshirov are not their real names. Well, I hope they will come out themselves and speak about themselves.

Putin said Russian Federation had identified the pair - named by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - and found no evidence of criminal activities.

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British authorities established that the Russian agents had carried out a reconnaissance trip to Salisbury prior to returning to the city and putting the novichok, carried in a bottle of counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume, on the front door of the Skripals' home.

"They should go to some media outlet".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later told reporters that Putin never met the suspects in the poisoning and that Russian Federation did not investigate them but merely "checked the reports".

The prime minister's official spokesman said the government had "repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury" but that Moscow "had replied with obfuscation and lies".

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018.

Police are linking the attack to a separate Novichok poisoning on 30 June, when Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley became unwell at a house in Amesbury, about eight miles away.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the poisoning, casting it as part of a Western plot to smear Russian Federation to justify more sanctions against it.

Britain's allies have backed it over the case, with the United States and other European countries expelling hundreds of Russian diplomats suspected of being spies.

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Trump, meanwhile, has denounced the Times opinion piece as "gutless" and its publication as a "disgrace" bordering on treason. Neither Mr Pence nor Ms Conway answered directly when asked if Mr Sessions should treat Mr Trump's comments as an order.

Moscow also questioned the origins of the nerve agent involved in the attack, saying it was not proven that the substance was developed by Russian Federation and arguing that other countries, including Britain, had the capacity. He was later discharged from hospital, as were the Skripals. Authorities have said they do not believe the couple were deliberately targeted but were exposed after touching a contaminated item left behind by the people who attacked the attack on the Skripals.

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