Putin on Novichok Suspects: 'We Have Found Them'

The hotel manager was called and ejected the journalists showing details for Scotland Yard

Vladimir Putin has said that Russian Federation has identified the men accused of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack - but insists there is "nothing criminal" about them.

The UK government named the two as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and said they were from Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU, according to the BBC.

Mr Putin stated his government had found the pair and hoped they'd seem nearly presently and characterize their memoir.Mr Skripal, Sixty six, and Yulia, 33, were poisoned in the United Kingdom in March."All of us know who they are, we have now found them", Mr Putin stated in the some distance jap metropolis of Vladivostok."I am hoping they're going to turn up themselves and characterize all the pieces". "We know who they are, we have found them", he said.

Putin goes on to claim that his government has "found them" and he sincerely hopes that they'll come forward and tell their side of the story soon.

"There's nothing particularly even criminal about it, I assure you".

Putin called on the two men to contact the media and "tell about themselves".

They were described as being about 40 years old and believed to be travelling under fake names.

The attack left the Skripals hospitalized for weeks, and two other area residents became seriously ill months later.

The case, with its chilling cloak-and-dagger details, echoes the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian agent who died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at a London hotel.

He added that the two men were civilians, according the state-run Ria Novosti news agency and Russian Embassy in London.

Putin also said that if the poison used were really a chemical warfare agent, death would have been instantaneous.

Yesterday the Russian president said the men had been tracked down.

British officials said the suspects had escaped to Russian Federation and that the operation likely was authorized at the highest levels in Moscow, a conclusion that was backed by the US and other allies. He said the pair are private citizens, not Russian agents, and urged them to speak out. Russian Federation kicked out a similar number of those countries' envoys. Russian Federation has denied any role in the attacks.

"For now we are working on a number of measures to push back Russia's activities and do our best to degrade their intelligence services".

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