Putin Says He Knows Identities of Accused Skripal Attackers

Putin says Russia has found men accused by UK over poisoning

Putin says Russia has found men accused by UK over poisoning

Asked by the panel's moderator if the men work for the military, Putin replied that they are "civilians" and called on the men to come forward.

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.

Last week, the United Kingdom authorities named the men as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, members of Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU. The Russian suspects flew home later that day and haven't returned.

British prosecutors issued arrest warrants for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, charging them with conspiracy to murder and attempted murder of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Putin goes on to claim that his government has "found them" and he sincerely hopes that they'll come forward and tell their side of the story soon.

Vladimir Putin says Russia has identified the two men Britain named as suspects in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and there is "nothing criminal" about them.

"We know who they are, we have found them", Mr Putin told an economic forum in the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

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She added: "The American people would be better served if we talked about really important things facing the country". President Donald Trump continued his attacks Wednesday on an explosive book about his administration.

May's spokesman said later that Britain's attempts to get an explanation from Russian Federation have always been met with obfuscation and lies.

London and its allies expelled dozens of Russian diplomats after the poisoning, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Moscow and plunging relations to a new low.

Following the poisoning, it was indicated that the Central Intelligence Agency would offer to settle the pair into a new life with new identities in the USA, to protect them from any further assassination attempts. "There is nothing particularly criminal there, I assure you", he said. "We'll see in the near future".

Det Sgt Nick Bailey also fell ill after responding to the incident in the city of Salisbury.

Britain believes that Petrov and Boshirov - which may not be the two men's real names - are now in Russian Federation.

Mr Skripal is a former GRU agent who secretly spied for Britain before being pardoned by the Kremlin and exchanged with among others - glamour agent Anna Chapman.

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.

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