Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United Kingdom accuses Russian Federation of 'lies' after Putin's Skripal poisoning denial

United Kingdom accuses Russian Federation of 'lies' after Putin's Skripal poisoning denial

The 2 suspects in the poisoning of ex-Russian check Sergei Skripal and his daughter are civilians, no longer criminals, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.United Kingdom authorities have named the men as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, thought to be officers of Russia's protection force intelligence provider, the GRU.

The pair, who are said to be operatives of the country's GRU military intelligence service, entered the United Kingdom from Russian Federation via Gatwick Airport in March, smuggling the nerve agent by using a perfume bottle.

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

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. This would be best for everyone. "There is nothing special or criminal about it, I can assure you", he added. "We are going to look in the come future", he added.

In response, Russia accused the British authorities of Russophobia, misleading the global community and United Kingdom citizens and of "disgusting anti-Russian hysteria".

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One week ago, Ed talked about the two Russian GRU agents blamed by Britain for the poisoning attack. Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russian Federation of being involved in the incident.

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

The Russian news agency Fontanka found a Moscow apartment where Boshirov is registered, but neighbors said they have never seen him, according to the UK's Guardian.

Ms Sturgess died in hospital on 8 July.

The pair survived, and British authorities last week issued a European arrest warrant for Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov over attack.

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Little is known about their identity, and British police say they believe the names in their passports may be pseudonyms.

Shortly after the Skripals were attacked, Putin replied to a question about the attack, "Russia does not have such chemical agents".

After the Skripals were poisoned March 4, Britain and more than two dozen other countries expelled a total of 150 Russian spies working under diplomatic cover.

The case has strong echoes of the poisoning of ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko in Britain in 2006. Britain spent years trying in vain to prosecute the prime suspects, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun.

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