Skripal poisoning suspects are civilians, not criminals, says Putin

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Russian president says two men accused by UK of being behind attack have been identified

The two men accused by the UK of carrying out a nerve agent attack in Salisbury have been identified and are civilians, not criminals, Vladimir Putin has said.

The Russian president said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov may soon make appearances in the media to protest their innocence. “These are civilians,” Putin said in remarks reported by Russian news agencies. “There is nothing criminal here.”

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