Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Wednesday that the Kremlin has recognized the 2 males that Britain named as suspects within the poisoning of a former Russian spy, and that there’s “nothing felony” about them.
Britain final week charged two alleged brokers of Russia’s army intelligence company in absentia with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Britain blames the Russian authorities for the assault, a declare that Moscow has vehemently denied.
Talking at a panel of an financial convention in Russia’s Far East Putin insisted they don’t work for the army.
“We all know who these persons are, we now have discovered them,” Putin stated. “There’s nothing particular or felony about it, I can guarantee you.”
Requested by the panel’s moderator if the lads work for the army, Putin replied that they’re “civilians” and known as on the lads to return ahead.
“I want to name on them in order that they’ll hear us right now: They need to go to some media outlet. I hope they are going to come ahead and inform about themselves.”
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After the Skripals had been poisoned March four, Britain and greater than two dozen different international locations expelled a complete of 150 Russian spies working underneath diplomatic cowl. Russia kicked out the same variety of these international locations’ envoys.
British Prime Minister Theresa Could stated the usage of a chemical weapon within the metropolis of Salisbury, which left a British lady useless and 4 individuals, together with Skripal and his daughter, critically unwell, was carried out by officers of the GRU intelligence service and nearly definitely accepted “at a senior stage of the Russian state.”