Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians,' Putin says

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Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians,' Putin says

Vladimir Putin said that his government has located the two Russian men the United Kingdom accused of poisoning a former Russian spy in England, and there is "nothing criminal" about them.

The comments came one week after United Kingdom authorities charged two Russian men with using a Novichok nerve agent to poison former KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Mr Skripal and daughter Yulia were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in the city of Salisbury on March 4th. We know who they are, ' he told reporters. "Let them come forward to speak to any media", Putin said. This would be best for everyone.

He added, "There is nothing special or criminal about it, I can assure you". We'll see in the near future, ' he added. Andrei Lugovoi, the Russian man accused by the United Kingdom government of killing ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, used a news conference in 2007 to deny the charge and accuse United Kingdom special services of conducting the assassination, according to BBC News.

This combination photo made available by the Metropolitan Police on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov, left, and Ruslan Boshirov. They spent weeks hospitalized in critical condition and are now recovering in a secret location for their own protection.

The novichok attack ultimately poisoned five people.

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British prosecutors issued a warrant for the suspects' arrest last week.

Last month the United States confirmed it was implementing fresh sanctions against Russian Federation over the incident.

The attack in Salisbury prompted an global row, with more than 20 countries expelling Russian envoys in solidarity with the United Kingdom, including the USA, while Moscow expelled diplomats in response.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he knows the true identity of the two men accused of committing a nerve agent attack on British soil.

Investigators said the banned Soviet-era nerve agent novichok was found on the front door to their home. The prime minister's spokesman said: 'These men used a devastatingly toxic illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country.The government has exposed the role of the GRU and its operatives. The Russian news agency Fontanka found traffic tickets and a Moscow flat where Boshirov is registered, but neighbours have never seen him.

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