Vladimir Putin says Russian Federation finds Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2018

The British government has said Putin is ultimately responsible for the attack, a claim the Kremlin has strongly denied. I hope they will come out themselves and speak about themselves.

"I hope they will turn up themselves and tell about themselves", he said.

Putin said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov may soon make appearances in the media to protest their innocence.

Russian Federation adamantly denies involvement in the poisoning, which had added to severe strains in ties between Russian Federation and the West.

Prosecutors announced charges against Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for trying to kill Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with Novichok in the city of Salisbury on March 4.

They have been identified by the United Kingdom as members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service.

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

"There's nothing particularly even criminal about it, I assure you".

Officers have formally linked the attack on the Skripals to events in nearby Amesbury when Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent.

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Ms Sturgess died while Mr Rowley remains in hospital fighting meningitis after his body was severely weakened by exposure to the military grade poison.

Last week Britain charged two alleged agents of Russia's military intelligence agency with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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

Citing the GRU's reputation for strict discipline and hierarchy, May said of the attack on the Skripals, "It was nearly certainly also approved outside the GRU, at a senior level of the Russian state".

The poisoning led Britain, the United States, the European Union, and others to carry out a series of diplomatic expulsions and financial sanctions against Moscow.

Mr Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, were poisoned in the United Kingdom in March.

The Russian president noted that the "suspects" were civilians.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said on September 9 that Britain will catch the two men and bring them to prosecution if they ever step out of Russian Federation.

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