Putin says two Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians'

Russian journalists being refused at the London hotel where the two novichok suspects stayed

British officials earlier this month charged the two men in absentia with the attempted murder with novichok of Sergei Skripal, as well as his daughter and a policeman who investigated the scene.

Russian Federation adamantly denies involvement in the poisoning, which had added to severe strains in ties between Russian Federation and the West.

A police officer who visited the home of the Skripals shortly after the attack, Nick Bailey, was also left critically ill from exposure to the substance.

Photographs showing Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two men accused of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal.

In addition to the Skripals, the exotic poison that was found in the Salisbury region of England was also blamed for the death of Dawn Sturgess, 44, who seems to have come into contact with the same nerve agent in July.

Britain's security minister, Ben Wallace, said on September 6 that Putin "ultimately" bears responsibility for the poisoning because "it is his government that controls, funds, and directs the military intelligence".

The failed attack sparked an worldwide diplomactic crisis with Russian Federation being accused by several countries - allegations Moscow has repeatedly denied.

A Russian man wanted by the United Kingdom over the novichok poisoning of the Skripals says he will comment on the case next week.

So this was not a rogue operation.

Javid described the GRU as a "very well-disciplined organization" that would "only act with orders from the highest level of the Russian government".

The poisoning led Britain, the United States, the European Union, and others to carry out a series of diplomatic expulsions and financial sanctions against Moscow.

Mr Skripal and Yulia were poisoned in the city of Salisbury in March.

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. Mr Rowley was later discharged.

His partner Ms Sturgess used some on her skin and died in hospital days later.

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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