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Skripal case: UK issues arrest warrants for two Russian GRU agents

However, the real names are not known, how robust the evidence is, cannot be determined, the Russian government does not want to know the two of them

It took a long time, almost no one wanted to believe that the British government was still interested in solving the Skripal case. Rumors had surfaced again and again that the police had tracked down the Russian perpetrators, it was rumored that the public prosecutor was preparing international arrest warrants or extradition requests. Today, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) issued European arrest warrants and a Red Notice to Interpol for two Russian men who are said to belong to the Russian secret service GRU.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May also appeared in the House of Commons and announced the new development. We are looking for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who are said to have carried out the Novichok attack on Sergei and Julia Skripal. The CPS did not file an extradition request because Russia, as May pointed out, does not extradite citizens. The Kremlin itself had made this clear some time ago.

There is enough solid evidence, the CPS says, to kill the two Russians of the plot to kill Skripal, the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Julia Skripal and Nick Bailey, the possession and use of Novichok, and the deliberate cause of serious physical harm accuse both Skripals.

Neil Basu, the police's chief anti-terrorism officer, said the two defendants were believed to be in their 40s. They presumably did not travel under their own name, which means that the police do not know the identity of the accused. However, photos of them were published, taken from the travel documents they used and from surveillance cameras. The police hope to learn more about these two from the public.

Maria Sakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that neither the names nor the photos meant anything to the Russian government. You don't know the two. She called on the UK government to stop public charges and manipulation of information and move to practical law enforcement cooperation.

Theresa May stated that the actions of the GRU were "a threat to all of our allies and all of our citizens". Collective efforts against the threat must be stepped up. The British government will provide the allies with the relevant information. And she threatened that Great Britain would "use the full spectrum of the resources of our national security apparatus" against the GRU.

According to May, the two suspects are also blamed for the poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley. She is "almost certain" that the attack was not only decided by the military secret service, but also by high ranks in the Russian government. May said if they left the country they would be tried to be arrested. It sounds like it is not known whether they are still in the country or have already left.

The police said, however, that their traces had been followed when they entered the UK from Russia on March 2nd and drove twice from London to Salisbury on March 3rd and 4th. They were staying at the City Stay Hotel in Bow Road, East London. Then they left for Russia on March 4th after returning from Salisbury at 10.30 p.m. The two were identified on surveillance cameras near Skripal's house. The public is asked if the men were seen anywhere between March 2nd and 4th. (Florian Rötzer)

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