Vladimir Putin: Salisbury attack suspects are just civilians

Putin says Russia has found men accused by UK over poisoning

Britain has said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

The UK accused two men of attempting to assassinate a former Russian agent in England with military-grade nerve agent.

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.

Britain last week charged two alleged agents of Russia's military intelligence agency in absentia with the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury.

The Russian president noted that the "suspects" were civilians.

The poisoning left former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal hospitalized for weeks, as well as sickening another resident and killing a fourth.

"We know who they are, we have found them".

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia-President Vladimir Putin said he knows the identities of the two Russians accused by the United Kingdom of poisoning a former Russian spy in England, urging them to come forward and tell their story.

Putin urged the men to address the media and said there was "nothing criminal" about them, as he spoke at an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

"I hope they will turn up themselves and tell about themselves", he said. There is nothing special or criminal there.

The Skripals survived, as did a police officer, Nick Bailey, who became sick after responding to the scene.

Russian Federation and Britain's row over the attempted murder of MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal reignited this week as police confirmed they had found the suspects.

Ms Sturgess died in hospital in July, just over a week after the pair fell ill. "The government has exposed the role of the GRU, its operatives and its methods, this position is supported by our worldwide allies", the spokesman told reporters. The Brits have leveled charges against them, while not having much in the way of expectations that they'll ever get their hands on them.

British authorities have said that a European arrest warrant has been issued for the two Russians, who they suspect were using aliases.

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.

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