Salisbury attack: Suspects identified as civilians

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

"There is nothing special or criminal there", he added.

Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday that the order to carry out the nerve agent attack on 4 March came from the "highest level" of the Russian state.

Responding to Mr Putin's comments on Wednesday the Prime Minister's official spokesman reiterated that the men were GRU officers "who used a devastatingly toxic illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country". I hope that they will show up and tell everything themselves.

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. Now Britain's near blanket surveillance coverage is being hailed as key to tracking a pair of Russian men who stand accused of attempted murder in the March attack using the nerve agent novichok.

But Mr Putin said they were civilians and would tell their story soon.

"I would like to call on them so that they can hear us today: They should go to some media outlet".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later told reporters that Putin never met the suspects in the poisoning and that Russian Federation did not investigate them but merely "checked the reports".

Putin and Russian Federation have vehemently denied having anything to do with the poisoning cases.

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.

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March and they have replied with obfuscation and lies".

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018.

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.

The suspects fled to Russian Federation, who won't extradite them, but they would be arrested if they entered any European Union country. But a European arrest warrant has been obtained in case they travel to the EU, the BBC said.

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