Putin says Russia has identified novichok suspects and denied they work for the military


The images released by police of the suspects. The names are thought to be pseudonyms. Image: Metropolitan Police/Getty

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

President Vladimir Putin says Russia has identified the two men suspected of poisoning a former Russian spy in Britain.

Mr Putin said there is "nothing criminal" about the suspects who were identified by the UK as Russian military intelligence officers Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

The president said on Wednesday that Russian officials "know who these people are" and insisted they do not work for the military. He called on the two men to contact the media and "tell about themselves".

This is a developing story and we'll update it as we hear more.