Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Salisbury attack: Suspects identified as civilians

Salisbury attack: Suspects identified as civilians

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. "We found them", Putin told an an economic forum in Vladivostok.

'We have checked what kind of people they are.

"If we do actually see these two men in front of TV cameras or sitting down with journalists, being quizzed on what this was all about, it would be interesting to see what their explanation is".

Russian state media has reported that a man named Alexander Petrov worked for a pharmaceuticals company in the Siberian city of Tomsk and has denied any involvement in the case.

Britain has accused the men of working for GRU - Russia's military intelligence - and said the attack, which saw novichok smeared on Mr Skripal's door, was "almost certainly approved at a senior level of the Russian state".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was carried out by officers of the GRU and nearly certainly approved "at a senior level of the Russian state". After being discharged from Salisbury District Hospital, the two have remained isolated in a secret place, the Russian diplomat noted.

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

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A 44-year-old British national, Dawn Sturgess, died in July from exposure to what police say was the same nerve agent that afflicted the Skripals, in a town just north of Salisbury.

He added: "I believe in the British justice system and if they are innocent they will be acquitted, so yes I have every faith and so I would urge him to hand those individuals over for a trial".

Asked by the panel's moderator if the men work for the military, Putin replied that they are "civilians".

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.

British officials said the suspects had escaped to Russian Federation and that the operation likely was authorized at the highest levels in Moscow, a conclusion that was backed by the USA and other allies.

The failed attack sparked an global diplomactic crisis with Russian Federation being accused by several countries - allegations Moscow has repeatedly denied.

If they do so, it would not be the first time accused Russian assassins have answered worldwide allegations through the Russian media.

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