Skripal poisoning suspects are civilians, not criminals, says Putin

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British authorities have issued European arrest warrants for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two suspected members of Russian military intelligence, the GRU.

Mr Skripal and daughter Yulia were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in the city of Salisbury on March 4th. "They are just ordinary civilians", Putin told a session at an economic forum in Vladivostok, The Washington Post reported.

He added with a smirk, "I hope they will soon appear and tell their own story". This would be best for everyone.

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

Shortly after Putin's statement, Britain accused Russian Federation of "obsfuscation and lies". Britain blames the Russian government for the attack, a claim that Moscow has vehemently denied.

Police say Petrov and Boshirov, both about 40, flew from Moscow to London on Russian passports two days before the Skripals were poisoned. 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.

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Nerve agent attack: What is Novichok? . The prime minister's spokesman said: 'These men used a devastatingly toxic illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country.The government has exposed the role of the GRU and its operatives.

British officials said the suspects had escaped to Russian Federation and that the operation likely was authorized at the highest levels in Moscow, a conclusion that was backed by the US and other allies. Rowley also fell ill but survived because of his lesser exposure.

In the months following the attack, Britain and other countries pointed the finger of blame at Russian Federation but the nation has denied any involvement.

Britain and more than two dozen other countries expelled a total of 150 Russian diplomats, and Russia kicked out a similar number of those countries' envoys.

Mr Wallace blasted Russian Federation for denying the nerve agent attack, saying they Kremlin was full of "obfuscation and lies" and that their responses "reinforces their guilt".

The Russian news agency Fontanka found a Moscow apartment where Boshirov is registered, but neighbors said they have never seen him, according to the UK's Guardian. Britain spent years trying in vain to prosecute the prime suspects, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun.

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