Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Two Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians', says Putin

No caption Skripal poisoning suspects are civilians, not criminals, says Putin
Patty Aguilar | 14 September, 2018, 16:34

Investigators said the banned Soviet-era nerve agent novichok was found on the front door to their home. We know who they are, we found them.

"These people are officers of Russian military intelligence, the GRU, who used illegal chemical weapons on the streets of our country". There is nothing criminal about them.

Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left in comas for weeks after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, while Dawn Sturgess later died and Charlie Rowley was left in a critical condition after they too came into contact with the substance in nearby Amesbury. Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russian Federation of being involved in the incident.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his country has identified the two men that Britain says are Russian intelligence officers suspected of poisoning a former spy and his daughter with a nerve agent in an English city.

"I hope they will turn up themselves and tell everything". "All we've had is obfuscation and lies".

He added that the two men were civilians, according the state-run Ria Novosti news agency and Russian Embassy in London.

In response to the charges last week, the Russian foreign ministry said that the names and the photographs of the accused "mean nothing to us".

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Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg in late July.

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

"But the question of course is who will we see because don't forget that, in the United Kingdom, the suspicion is that the two names that were given are in fact aliases", our correspondent added. That argument centered on how they made themselves overly visible to surveillance by taking the train to Salisbury and walking through the city, rather than going by private auto. This would be best for everyone.

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

Earlier on Wednesday, Putin said that Russian authorities were aware of who the two alleged suspects in the Skripal case were.

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

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