Putin: Poisoners? They’re just these guys, you know?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the suspects were not part of the military intelligence

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the suspects were not part of the military intelligence

Hours before, Vladimir Putin said Russia has found the pair accused of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with novichok in Salisbury in March.

"We know who these people are, we have found them", Mr Putin said.

Police and prosecutors last week said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov had been identified as members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service. "There is nothing special and criminal about them, believe me", Putin said, adding that the two were civilians.

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

British Prime Minister Theresa May said last week that the two men who carried out the nerve agent attack were Russian spies.

The duo had entered Britain on genuine passports, prosecutors said, while British Prime Minister Theresa May described them as military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state. "We'll see in the nearest future".

State TV channel Rossiya-24 claimed it had spoken to Alexander Petrov, who, along with Ruslan Boshirov, has been named by United Kingdom prosecutors as a prime suspect in the nerve agent attack.

"The president has not communicated with them", Peskov said.

Ruslan Boshirov who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury are seen in an image handed out by the Metropolitan Police in Londo

Russian Federation has consistently denied any role in either incident.

Mr Wallace later said requests for Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury had been met with "obfuscation and lies", saying their response merely "reinforces their guilt".

"I would like to call on them so that they can hear us today: They should go to some media outlet".

The Skripals survived the poisoning but a local man, Charlie Rowley, picked up a fake perfume bottle containing Novichok weeks later.

Chief Executive of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down Gary Aitkenhead said later that British experts had been unable to identify the origin of the nerve agent used in the attack on the Skripals.

Mr Rowley is seriously ill and was readmitted to hospital earlier this month after going blind.

Britain and more than two dozen other countries expelled a total of 150 Russian diplomats, and Russia kicked out a similar number of those countries' envoys.

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