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Russian Federation knows real identity of men accused by United Kingdom over poisoning: Putin

Russian Federation knows real identity of men accused by United Kingdom over poisoning: Putin”

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.

British authorities charged Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov this month with the March attack on Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury.

British officials have said the men were agents of Russian military intelligence dispatched to kill Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy who had given information to British intelligence. "We know who they are already, we've found them", Putin said, according to The Moscow Times.

Saying that there is "nothing criminal" about the two, Putin also hopes that the people in question will eventually come forward and talk to the media. This would be best for everyone. "There's nothing especially criminal there, I assure you". We'll see soon. They are civilians of course.

British police said the suspects, both about 40-years old, flew from Moscow to London on Russian passports two days before the Skripals were poisoned.

This combination photo made available by the Metropolitan Police on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov, left, and Ruslan Boshirov. 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.

Reacting to the prosecutors' statement, Russian envoy to UN Vasily Nebenzya joked that the nerve agent attack has so far had only one benefactor - Nina Ricci.

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.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the poisoning, casting it as part of a Western plot to smear Russian Federation to justify more sanctions against it.

The attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, southern England, also claimed two other victims: Dawn Sturgess, who died from the poisoning, and Charlie Rowley, who recovered.

United Kingdom prosecutors said they had "sufficient evidence" to charge the pair, but did not formally demand their extradition, as Russian Federation does not extradite its citizens. He said the pair are private citizens, not Russian agents, and urged them to speak out.



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