Russian Federation has identified suspects in UK Novichok poisoning, Putin says


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.

Mr Skripal and daughter Yulia were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in the city of Salisbury on March 4th.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he addresses at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

"I hope they will soon appear and tell their own story", Putin added with a smirk during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping. This would be best for everyone.

"There's nothing particularly even criminal about it, I assure you". He said there was "nothing criminal" about the actions of two men accused of an assassination attempt with nerve agent in England earlier this year. He was later discharged from hospital, as were the Skripals.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Wallace criticised airport security for not being "as good at they might be", allowing the highly toxic nerve agent to be smuggled across Britain's borders. Two others also fell ill: Sturgess's boyfriend, Charlie Rowley; and police officer Nick Bailey.

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British authorities established that the Russian agents had carried out a reconnaissance trip to Salisbury prior to returning to the city and putting the novichok, carried in a bottle of counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume, on the front door of the Skripals' home. The government exposed the role of the GRU, its operatives and its methods.

The Skripal attack deepened the chill in relations between Moscow and the West, with the United Kingdom and its allies expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in retaliation and the USA also imposing sanctions on Russia over the case.

Russian Federation had previously said the names given to them by British prosecutors were meaningless.

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".

The case has strong echoes of the poisoning of ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko in Britain in 2006.

"This is a message to the Russian intelligence community and spy community that you do not sell out Putin to the West or there are going to be serious consequences", he said.