Putin says Russian Federation has found men accused by United Kingdom over poisoning

Putin says two Skripal suspects are civilians

Putin says two Skripal suspects are civilians

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the use of a chemical weapon in the city of Salisbury, which left a British woman dead and four people, including Skripal and his daughter, seriously ill, was carried out by officers of the GRU intelligence service and nearly certainly approved "at a senior level of the Russian state".

Scotland Yard and the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have said there was enough evidence to charge the men, who were understood to have travelled to London from Moscow on March 2 on Russian passports.

"We, of course, looked at what kind of people they are, and we know who they are, we found them", Putin told an audience at the Eastern Economic Forum in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.

"These people are officers of Russian military intelligence, the GRU, who used illegal chemical weapons on the streets of our country".

"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. "It will be better for everyone", he said on Wednesday.

"He added: "There is nothing special and nothing criminal about it, I" m telling you". We'll see soon. They are civilians of course.


Putin said he wants the suspects to come forward and talk to the media.

The allegations have already been staunchly denied by the Kremlin and on Wednesday Mr Putin said the men had been discounted as members of his security network.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the president has not communicated with the men themselves since they were accused of poisoning the Skripals.

Britain continues to insist that the suspects serve in the Russian military intelligence agency.

He said the government had exposed them as GRU operatives - and that is what they are.

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March, and they have replied with obfuscation and lies", Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman told reporters. The incident caused tensions between Russian Federation and the United Kingdom, as London and its allies accused Moscow of orchestrating the attack, which it refutes.

Putin urged the men to speak to journalists.

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