Russian Federation says Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians'

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British authorities have issued European arrest warrants for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two suspected members of Russian military intelligence, the GRU.

The attack on Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy, also poisoned another British man and killed a British woman.

British prosecutors charged two Russian nationals, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, last week for allegedly poisoning former spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a military-grade nerve agent in the city of Salisbury in March.

One week ago, Ed talked about the two Russian GRU agents blamed by Britain for the poisoning attack.

"They are civilians, of course", he said, apparently responding to a claim by the British authorities that the two suspects are members of Russia's military intelligence agency.

"We know who they are".

"We know who these people are, we have found them", Mr Putin said.

They did a reconnaissance mission to Salisbury the following day before returning with poison concealed in a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle. Scotland Yard released photos of the two men, who flew from the U.K.to Moscow hours after the Skripals fell ill.

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

"I hope that they will show up and tell everything themselves". This would be best for everyone. There is nothing special or criminal there. "We'll see in the near future", he added.

Rowley in July unwittingly picked up a fake perfume bottle, which the perpetrators filled with nerve agent meant to poison Skripal and made to look like it was from a designer brand.

Rowley gave it to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, who later died.

Anti-terrorist police have made it clear they believe GRU agents had used aliases for their attack on Sergei Skripal, 67 and his daughter Yulia, 34.

Britain believes that Petrov and Boshirov - which may not be the two men's real names - are now in Russian Federation.

Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, since Moscow does not extradite its own citizens, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol.

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