Russian wanted over novichok poisoning 'to break silence'

Photographs showing Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two men accused of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal.

Two days later, police say they sprayed the nerve agent, Novichok, on the front door of Mr Skripal's home in the Wiltshire city of Salisbury, before travelling home to Russian Federation later that day.

"I would like to call on them so that they can hear us today", he told an economic forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok.

On Wednesday morning, Mr Putin said: "We know who they are, we have found them".

Following the poisoning, it was indicated that the Central Intelligence Agency would offer to settle the pair into a new life with new identities in the U.S., to protect them from any further assassination attempts.

British prosecutors last week identified two Russians, whom they said were operating under aliases - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - and whom they accused of being the so-called "novichock two".

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.

'I hope that they will emerge (in public) themselves and tell about themselves.

Yulia and Sergei Skripal
Yulia and Sergei Skripal were poisoned in March

He added, "There is nothing special or criminal about it, I can assure you".

Putin and Russian Federation have vehemently denied having anything to do with the poisoning. "We'll see in the near future", he added.

GRU agents Petrov and Boshirov are said to have flown into the United Kingdom via Gatwick, stayed in London, and then travelled to Salisbury with the nerve agent on March 4.

Citing the GRU's reputation for strict discipline and hierarchy, May said of the attack on the Skripals, "It was nearly certainly also approved outside the GRU, at a senior level of the Russian state".

Mr Skripal is a former GRU agent who secretly spied for Britain before being pardoned by the Kremlin and exchanged with among others - glamour agent Anna Chapman.

Skripal, 66, a former Russian intelligence colonel who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter were found unconscious on a park bench about four hours after the poison was planted.

Ms Sturgess died in hospital in July, just over a week after the pair fell ill.

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service said it is not applying to Russian Federation for the two men's extradition, because Russian Federation does not extradite its own nationals, according to the BBC.

  • Rogelio Becker