This image grab taken from CCTV and issued by the Metropolitan Police in London on Sept 5, 2018 shows Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov at Salisbury train station on March 3, 2018. The two were accused by Britain prosecutors of trying to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain. (METROPOLITAN POLICE / AP)
VLADIVOSTOK - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia knew the real identity of two men accused by British prosecutors of trying to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain.
British prosecutors last week identified two Russians who they said were operating under aliases - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - who they said had tried to murder the Skripals with a military-grade nerve agent in England.
Putin, speaking at an economic forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, said Russia had found the two men to be civilians and that there was nothing special or criminal about them. He hoped they would come forward and tell the world their own story.
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