Putin says suspects in Novichok poisoning are 'civilians'

Russian President Putin attends the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok

"I hope they will soon appear and tell their own story", Putin added with a smirk during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping.

A Russian man wanted by the United Kingdom over the novichok poisoning of the Skripals says he will comment on the case next week.

Yulia and Sergei were discovered slumped on a bench in a critical condition - with the nerve agent also poisoning fearless policemen Sgt Nick Bailey, and later residents Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess.

British authorities announced last week that Russian nationals Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov allegedly carried out the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England, earlier this year using a deadly nerve agent.

The Russian president also made the freakish move of asking Petrov and Boshirov to appear in public to dispel doubt about their true identity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 12, 2018.

President Vladimir Putin says Russia knows 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.

"I hope they will turn up themselves and tell everything".

Russian Federation and Britain's row over the attempted murder of MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal reignited this week as police confirmed they had found the suspects.

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.

'There is nothing special there, nothing criminal, I assure you. "We'll see in the near future".

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied knowing about the poisoning.

Thinking it was expensive perfume, Rowley then gave it to his girlfriend, Sturgess, who applied the poison to her wrists and died.

A composite image showing the fake perfume box and bottle that contained the nerve agent meant to poison former spy Sergei Skripal.

Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, since Moscow does not extradite its own citizens, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol.

Two others also fell ill: Sturgess's boyfriend, Charlie Rowley; and police officer Nick Bailey.