"I would like to call on them so that they can hear us today", he said. I hope they will come out themselves and speak about themselves.
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, Novichok, in England. They came up with pretty much everything except a film of them planting the poison or a signed confession, but the Russians clearly have no plans to extradite them or even charge them with anything judging by how Putin is describing the situation.
The two suspects named by the United Kingdom as being behind the Novichok poisonings have been found in Russian Federation. "They should go to some media outlet".
Prime Minister Theresa May said Petrov and Boshirov are officers from Russia's intelligence service, also known as the GRU, whose attack was "almost certainly" authorized by the higher echelons of the Russian government.
Rowley gave it to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, who later died.
The case has strong echoes of the poisoning of ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko in Britain in 2006.
The failed attack sparked an worldwide diplomactic crisis with Russian Federation being accused by several countries - allegations Moscow has repeatedly denied.
A composite image showing the fake perfume box and bottle that contained the nerve agent meant to poison former spy Sergei Skripal.
The attack left Sergei Skripal, 67, and Yulia Skripal, 34, in critical condition, but both have recovered after weeks in the hospital.
A Russian man wanted by the United Kingdom over the novichok poisoning of the Skripals says he will comment on the case next week.
He said the government had exposed them as GRU operatives - and that is what they are.
The poisoning led Britain, the United States, the European Union, and others to carry out a series of diplomatic expulsions and financial sanctions against Moscow. Scotland Yard released photos of the two men, who flew from the U.K.to Moscow hours after the Skripals fell ill.
They said they would not formally demand the men's extradition, as Russian Federation does not extradite its citizens, but have obtained a European Arrest Warrant for the pair.