Putin MOCKS Britain over Novichok 2: 'We've FOUND THEM - they are civilians'

Putin MOCKS Britain over Novichok 2: 'We've FOUND THEM - they are civilians'

Asked by the panel's moderator if the men work for the military, Mr Putin said they were "civilians" and called on them to come forward.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the two men Britain suspects of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal with military-grade nerve agent are not criminals and have been identified as civilians.

"I would like to call on them so that they can hear us today: They should go to some media outlet".

"I hope that they will show up and tell everything themselves".

The UK was said to be braced for a Russian disinformation campaign after the prime minister told MPs last... "It will be better for everyone", he told reporters on the sidelines of the economic summit.

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.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the incidents.

"We know who these people are, we have found them", Mr Putin said.

Viktoria Skripal, the niece of Sergei Skripal, said last week she did not know anything about the two men.

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Skripal, 66, a former Russian intelligence colonel who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter were found unconscious on a park bench about four hours after the poison was planted.

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

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

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March and they have replied with obfuscation and lies".

Britain also accused the two men of being officers from Russia's intelligence service. Britain blames the Russian government for the March attack, a claim that Moscow has vehemently denied.

They spent weeks in hospital before being discharged.

Interpol released a "red notice" for the two men and the European Union put out an arrest warrant that might come into play if they ever leave Russian Federation again, but that also sounds unlikely.

If they do so, it would not be the first time accused Russian assassins have answered worldwide allegations through the Russian media.

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