Putin: Britain's poison suspects 'civilians,' not criminals

   WE KNOW THEM Vladimir Putin says Russia has identified the Novichok attack suspects

DS WE KNOW THEM Vladimir Putin says Russia has identified the Novichok attack suspects

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the Kremlin knows the real identities of the two men accused of attempting to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.

Prime Minister Theresa May said police and prosecutors now believe the attack on Sergei Skripal was carried out by two Russian military intelligence officers who were nearly certainly acting with the approval of senior Russian officials.

Asked by the panel's moderator if the men work for the military, Putin replied that they are "civilians" and called on the men to come forward.

"I hope they will turn up themselves and tell about themselves", he said in comments that hinted they will make a public statement shortly. This would be best for everyone. There is nothing particular there, nothing criminal, I hiss you. "We'll see in the near future".

The Skripals spent weeks in the hospital.

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Both Sergei and Yulia Skripal survived, along with a police officer named Nick Bailey.

The CPS is not applying to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, as Russian Federation does not extradite its own nationals.

Nerve agent attack: What is Novichok? . The Russian agents allegedly entered Britain on a kill mission after flying from Moscow to London Gatwick Airport.

Detectives believe the front door of Mr Skripal's Salisbury home was contaminated with Novichok.

When charges were brought against Petrov and Boshirov last week, Russian media reports appeared to tacitly accept that they were Russians but rejected the possibility that they were sent by the GRU, saying the operation was too clumsy to have been done by well-trained agents.

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Mr Rowley told police he found the box containing the small bottle and an applicator - all found to be counterfeit - in a charity bin. His partner, Ms Sturgess, applied some of the contents to her wrists and became unwell. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the incidents.

After the Skripals were poisoned March 4, Britain and more than two dozen other countries expelled a total of 150 Russian spies working under diplomatic cover. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has also said Britain will push for the European Union to agree new sanctions.

Russian authorities have identified the two suspects in the Salisbury chemical attack as its civilians.

For months, Russian Federation has accused the British authorities of fabricating the evidence in the Skripal case, saying the surveillance footage is doctored.

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