Vladimir Putin: Nothing criminal about men named as Salisbury attack suspects

Olga Skabeeva of'Rossia 1 claims the rejection was due to their Russian passports

Olga Skabeeva of'Rossia 1 claims the rejection was due to their Russian passports

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the two men Britain accused of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are actually civilians, not military intelligence officers - and that there is "nothing criminal about them".

Asked about the case on Wednesday at the eastern economic forum in Vladivostok, Mr Putin tried to shift the blame away from the Russian state, insisting that the two men were "civilians".

State TV channel Rossiya-24 claimed it had spoken to Alexander Petrov, who, along with Ruslan Boshirov, has been named by United Kingdom prosecutors as a prime suspect in the nerve agent attack. "I hope they will come forward and tell about themselves".

"There is nothing special there, nothing criminal, I assure you. We'll see in the near future".

Former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow on August 9, 2006.

The pair survived, and British authorities last week issued a European arrest warrant for Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov over attack. Britain blames the Russian government for the attack, a claim that Moscow has vehemently denied.

'It was nearly certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state'.


Reacting to Mr Putin's assertion that the spies were civilians, Theresa May's spokesman said Russian Federation has continually replied to requests for an account of what happened in Salisbury with "obfuscation and lies" and he could see "nothing to suggest that has changed".

Scotland Yard released photos of the men last week, saying they're wanted in connection to a poisoning attack on a former KGB agent.

They spent weeks in hospital before being discharged.

The affair returned to the headlines in July when a woman near Salisbury, Dawn Sturgess, died and her partner Charlie Rowley fell ill after Rowley found a counterfeit bottle of Nina Ricci perfume containing the Novichok nerve agent and brought it home.

Mr Wallace, leading a Government debate on the Salisbury poisonings in the Commons today, said: "When a hostile state is determined to try and use its full resources to penetrate another state, the challenge is much greater".

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.

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