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Putin says Russian Federation found men accused of Skripal poisoning

Putin says Russian Federation found men accused of Skripal poisoning

President Vladimir Putin says Russian Federation has identified the men Britain suspects of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent, contradicting United Kingdom authorities by claiming they are civilians.

"We know who they are, we have found them", Putin said during an event with Japan's Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping.

"I hope they will turn up themselves and tell about themselves", he said in comments that hinted they will make a public statement shortly.

British prosecutors last week identified two Russians, whom they said were operating under aliases - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - and whom they accused of being the so-called "novichock two".

Asked by the panel's moderator if the men work for the military, Mr Putin said they were "civilians" and called on them to come forward.

Moscow continues to deny everything, claiming the attack was staged by Britain to stoke up anti-Russia sentiment in Britain.

The UK accused two men of attempting to assassinate a former Russian agent in England with military-grade nerve agent.

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'There is nothing special there, nothing criminal, I assure you.

The British government also released detailed surveillance footage tracking the pair's apparent movements and an image of the perfume bottle purportedly used to administer the nerve agent on the Skripals' front door.

Javid described the GRU as a "very well-disciplined organization" that would "only act with orders from the highest level of the Russian government".

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. Russian Federation kicked out a similar number of those countries' envoys.

Putin and Russian Federation have vehemently denied having anything to do with the poisoning. One of them, a 44-year-old woman, later died.

Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, since Moscow does not extradite its own citizens, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol.

British Prime Minister Theresa May squarely blamed Russia's military intelligence service on September 5 for carrying out the attack, adding that the upper echelons of the Russian state could also have been involved.


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