Putin on Skripals’ poisoning suspects: "We found them, there is nothing criminal about it"
Skripal poisoning suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are civilians, not criminals, says Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov suspected of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripals in UK Salisbury are ordinary civilians.
"We know who they are, we have found them. There's nothing particularly even criminal about it, I assure you,” TASS quoted Putin who delivered the speech at an economic forum in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.
"Well, I hope they will come out themselves and speak about themselves. It will be better for everyone,” the President expressed his hope Petrov and Boshirov will come forward and tell the world their story.
On September 5 the United Kingdom accused the alleged GRU officers, who came to the country under the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripals. The British media also published a video in which men were standing by the shop window allegedly a few minutes after the nerve agent attack.
The detention is related to the investigation into the abduction and murder of Tatyana Sidorova, a deputy of the Ramenskoye District Legislature, and three members of her family, which occurred back in 2012.