Putin says Russia knows real identity of men accused by U.K. of poisoning

OAN Newsroom
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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as delivers a speech during a plenary session at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

“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.