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"I call on them to appear before the media and tell their story", Putin said, according to Russia's embassy in the U.K. Putin spoke Wednesday in Vladivostok, Russia, where he is holding an economic summit with other leaders.

The statement by Putin marked an abrupt shift from Russia's earlier position on the poisoning case that has damaged relations between Moscow and the West.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Putin had not spoken to the two accused men and refused to say how and by whom they had been found.

Putin added that the two men do not work for the military and that there is "nothing criminal" about them, calling them "civilians", the Associated press reported. "Maybe later. Next week, I think", he said.

"These men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU".

"There is nothing special or criminal there", he added.

Scotland Yard and the UK's Crown Prosecution Service have said there is enough evidence to charge the men, who are understood to have travelled to London from Moscow on 2 March on Russian passports.

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The elder Skripal, who was a Russian intelligence agent who switched sides, as well as his daughter, survived the poisoning and now live in an undisclosed location.

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid warned that the men will be caught and prosecuted if they ever step out of Russian Federation.

A police officer who visited the home of the Skripals shortly after the attack, Nick Bailey, was also left critically ill from exposure to the substance. Investigators said the banned Soviet-era nerve agent novichok was found on the front door to their home.

Police are linking the attack to a separate Novichok poisoning on 30 June, when Break of day Sturgess and Charlie Rowley grew to alter into unwell at a house in Amesbury, about eight miles away.Ms Sturgess died in hospital on eight July.

British police released a batch of photos of the the men it identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - names that investigators said likely were aliases used for the operation.

He said the government had exposed them as GRU operatives - and that is what they are.

In response, Russia accused the British authorities of Russophobia, misleading the worldwide community and United Kingdom citizens and of "disgusting anti-Russian hysteria".

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