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Putin: Suspects in Britain poisoning are innocent civilians

Putin: Suspects in Britain poisoning are innocent civilians

British prosecutors last week charged in absentia two men they identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for using a military grade nerve agent in Britain against Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Putin urged the men to address the media and said there was "nothing criminal" about them, as he spoke at an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok. "It will be better for everyone". There is nothing particular there, nothing criminal, I hiss you.

The British government has said Putin is ultimately responsible for the attack, a claim the Kremlin has strongly denied.

They said they would not formally demand the men's extradition, as Russian Federation does not extradite its citizens, but have obtained a European Arrest Warrant for the pair.

British police identified the suspects based on their passports and surveillance video, but authorities say Boshirov and Petrov could be aliases. I hope that they will show up and tell everything themselves.

The prime minister's official spokesman said the government had "repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury" but that Moscow "had replied with obfuscation and lies".

Putin called on the two men it believes were involved in the attack to come forward, according to AP. "Maybe later. Next week, I think", he said.

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As NPR has reported: "Over the course of two days, the men traveled from London to Salisbury, England, twice - once to perform reconnaissance around the Skripals' home, and again to put lethal poison on their front door, police say".

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

Ms Sturgess died in hospital in July, just over a week after the pair fell ill.

According to British officials who have been combing CCTV footage in subsequent months, the two Russian nationals were seen arriving at London Gatwick Airport on March 2 before being spotted in Salisbury on March 3 and 4.

The attack in Salisbury prompted an worldwide row, with more than 20 countries expelling Russian envoys in solidarity with the United Kingdom, including the U.S., while Moscow expelled diplomats in response.

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.


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