Putin: Russia knows real identities of suspects in United Kingdom poisoning case

Lester Mason
September 13, 2018

Vladimir Putin said that his government has located the two Russian men the United Kingdom accused of poisoning a former Russian spy in England, and there is "nothing criminal" about them.

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

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

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, accused of attempting to murder Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, in an image handed out by police in London on September 5, 2018.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has previously said the attack was "almost certainly" approved at a "senior level" of the Russian state, while Security Minister Ben Wallace said Putin bore ultimate responsibility as head of the government in Moscow. "We'll see in the nearest future".

Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok. We know who they are, we found them.

Anti-terrorist police have made it clear they believe GRU agents had used aliases for their attack on Sergei Skripal, 67 and his daughter Yulia, 34. I hope they will come out themselves and speak about themselves.


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".

Prime Minister Theresa May said intelligence showed the poisonings were state-sponsored by Russian Federation.

British officials demanded at a meeting with Russia's charge d'affaires that those responsible for the poisoning of the Skripals were brought to justice.

Calling the poisoning a "sickening and despicable" attack, Javid said it was "unequivocally, crystal-clear this was the act of the Russian state - two Russian nationals sent to Britain with the sole goal of carrying out a reckless assassination attempt".

Rowley gave it to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, who later died.

Britain and dozens of other countries kicked out scores of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of the Skripals, and Moscow responded tit-for-tat with an identical number of expulsions.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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