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Putin: Suspects in poisoning are ‘civilians’

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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said today that the two Russians named by Britain as suspects in the spy poisoning case do not work for the military and that there is "nothing criminal" about them.

Britain last week charged two alleged agents of Russia's military intelligence agency in absentia with the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. Britain blames the Russian government for the March attack, a claim that Moscow has vehemently denied.

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