Putin says two Skripal poisoning suspects are civilians and not criminals

Marsha Scott
September 13, 2018

The poisoning left former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal hospitalized for weeks, as well as sickening another resident and killing a fourth.

Britain has said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly following orders from the Kremlin, which has denied any involvement in the incidents. They came up with pretty much everything except a film of them planting the poison or a signed confession, but the Russians clearly have no plans to extradite them or even charge them with anything judging by how Putin is describing the situation.

Vladimir Putin said he knows who and where they are, but that there was "nothing criminal" about their actions.

The president, speaking at an economic forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, claims the men haven't done anything wrong and he hopes they will appear before the media to tell the world their side of the story. We know who they are, we found them.

Police and prosecutors last week said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov had been identified as members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service.

A handout picture taken on Fisherton Road in Salisbury shows Petrov and Boshirov on March 4, 2018, in a photo released by the British Metropolitan Police Service.

Britain has said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Russian Federation has consistently denied any role in either incident. There is nothing special there, nothing criminal, I assure you.

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"I hope they will turn up themselves and tell about themselves", he said in comments that hinted they will make a public statement shortly. "We'll see in the near future", he added.

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Thinking it was expensive perfume, Rowley then gave it to his girlfriend, Sturgess, who applied the poison to her wrists and died.

Britain believes that Petrov and Boshirov - which may not be the two men's real names - are now in Russian Federation.

A composite image showing the fake perfume box and bottle that contained the nerve agent meant to poison former spy Sergei Skripal.

The pair survived, and British authorities last week issued a European arrest warrant for Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov over attack.

Mr Rowley is seriously ill and was readmitted to hospital earlier this month after going blind.

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