Putin says two Skripal poisoning suspects are ‘civilians’

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 15, 2018

"There is nothing special or criminal about it, I can assure you".

The CPS has not applied to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, as Russian Federation does not extradite its own nationals.

"I hope that they will emerge (in public) themselves and tell about themselves".

Prime Minister Theresa May said police and prosecutors now believe the attack on Sergei Skripal was carried out by two Russian military intelligence officers who were nearly certainly acting with the approval of senior Russian officials.

British authorities charged Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov this month with the March attack on Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury. Initially, Russian officials said they had no idea who the men were and questioned the authenticity of some of security-camera photos and video released by Scotland Yard showing them in London and Salisbury, where the poisoning took place. I would like to appeal to them so that they hear us today.

Reacting to Mr Putin's assertion that the spies were civilians, Theresa May's spokesman said Russian Federation has continually replied to requests for an account of what happened in Salisbury with "obfuscation and lies" and he could see "nothing to suggest that has changed". The incident caused tensions between Russian Federation and the United Kingdom, as London and its allies accused Moscow of orchestrating the attack, which it refutes.

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

Britain and dozens of other countries kicked out scores of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of the Skripals, and Moscow responded tit-for-tat with an identical number of expulsions.

Downing Street has rejected claims by Russian president Vladimir Putin that there is "nothing criminal" about the prime suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

The police linked the attack to a separate Novichok poisoning on June 30, when a couple - Dawn Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley - became unwell at a house in Amesbury. Russian Federation kicked out a similar number of those countries' envoys. Authorities have said they do not believe the couple were deliberately targeted but were exposed after touching a contaminated item left behind by the people who attacked the attack on the Skripals.

The Skripals spent weeks in the hospital.

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