Putin has message for Russian poisoning suspects he calls 'civilians': ‘Come forward’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says two men identified by British police are private citizens, not government agents. Well, I hope they will come out themselves and speak about themselves.

"They are civilians of course".

British police released a batch of photos of the the men it identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - names that investigators said were likely aliases used for the operation.

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

British prosecutors issued European arrest warrants last week for Petrov and Boshirov, charging them with conspiracy to murder.

"We know who they are".

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

"We know who these people are, we have found them, " Putin said. He added they would contact the media and tell their story soon.

'There is nothing special there, nothing criminal, I assure you.

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.

They did a reconnaissance mission to Salisbury the following day before returning with poison concealed in a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle.

Former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow on August 9, 2006.

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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.

Mr Rowley is seriously ill and was readmitted to hospital earlier this month after going blind.

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

On March 4th, Novichok was placed on the front door of the Skripal house.

He added that the two men were civilians, according the state-run Ria Novosti news agency and Russian Embassy in London.

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service said it is not applying to Russian Federation for the two men's extradition, because Russian Federation does not extradite its own nationals, according to the BBC.

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