UPDATED 8:58 AM PT — Wed. Sept. 12, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he knows the true identity of the two men accused of committing a nerve agent attack on British soil.
At an economic forum Wednesday, Putin said there is nothing criminal about the Russian nationals, who are accused by U.K. investigators of poisoning former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in march.
He went on to say the civilians are not involved in the military and called on them to contact the media, so they can tell the world their own story.
“Of course, we looked who these people are. We know who they are, we have found them already. I hope that they will emerge in public themselves and tell about themselves. It will be better for everyone. There is nothing special and nothing criminal about it, I”m telling you. We’ll see in the nearest future.” — President Vladimir Putin, Russia
While Putin has denied the accused Russian nationals have any connection to the Kremlin, new details are emerging on how the U.K. built its case against them as Russian intelligence operatives and experts weigh-in on the matter.