Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

"They Are Civilians", Says Putin On UK Nerve Agent Poisoning Suspects


Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (who have to be the two Russians with the most Russian names ever) were accused of the Sergei Skripal assassination attempt.

CCTV footage from early March shows the pair arriving at Heathrow Airport from Russian Federation, and also in the vicinity of Sergei Skripal's house on the day of the attack.

There is "nothing criminal" about the two men Britain suspects of carrying out the Skripal nerve agent attack in Salisbury, President Putin has said.

Skripal poisoning suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are civilians, not criminals, says Putin.

United Kingdom authorities have named the men as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, thought to be officers of Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU. He appeared to be implying that they were not the people who carried out the poisoning.

London and its allies expelled dozens of Russian diplomats after the poisoning, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Moscow and plunging relations to a new low.

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

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"We hope they will turn up very soon and will tell everything themselves".

"I would like to call on them so that they can hear us today", he said. This would be best for everyone.

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

Rowley in July unwittingly picked up a fake perfume bottle, which the perpetrators filled with nerve agent meant to poison Skripal and made to look like it was from a designer brand.

Ms Sturgess died while Mr Rowley remains in hospital fighting meningitis after his body was severely weakened by exposure to the military grade poison.

They accused the pair of smuggling the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok into Britain in a fake perfume flask and smearing some of the substance on the front door of Sergei Skripal's home in the English city of Salisbury, where the former GRU officer settled after being sent to the West in a Cold War-style spy swap in 2010.

Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, since Moscow does not extradite its own citizens, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol.

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