Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Putin says two Skripal poisoning suspects are civilians and not criminals

Putin says two Skripal poisoning suspects are civilians and not criminals

Russian Federation has hotly contested the allegations that it is responsible for the attack, and on Wednesday Mr Putin escalated the war of words by denying the men were members of military intelligence, and that his officials "know who these people are".

Mr Skripal and Yulia were poisoned in the city of Salisbury in March.

The elder Skripal, who was a Russian intelligence agent that switched sides, as well as his daughter, survived the poisoning and now live in an undisclosed location.

The British government recently said Scotland Yard detectives had identified Mr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov as suspects, who they said were from Russia's foreign military intelligence agency, the GRU. A man with the same name and birth date as Petrov's works for a Russian state company that produces vaccines.

Authorities believe the pair smeared the highly toxic chemical novichok on a door handle at the Wiltshire home of Sergei Skripal, leaving the former GRU officer and his daughter Yulia critically ill in March.

"We know who they are, we have found them".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the two men accused by the United Kingdom of attempting to murder a former Russian double agent and his daughter are not criminals and have been identified as civilians.

"We know who these people are, we have found them", Putin said at a panel at an economic conference in Vladivostok, according to AP.

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He added with a smirk, "I hope they will soon appear and tell their own story".

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

Police officer Nick Bailey was also admitted to intensive care after becoming contaminated when he visited the Skripal's house.

Ms Sturgess died while Mr Rowley remains in hospital fighting meningitis after his body was severely weakened by exposure to the military grade poison.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement. The Brits have leveled charges against them, while not having much in the way of expectations that they'll ever get their hands on them.

Interpol released a "red notice" for the two men and the European Union put out an arrest warrant that might come into play if they ever leave Russian Federation again, but that also sounds unlikely.

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

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