According to Washington Post, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his government knows the identity of the men accused by Britain for trying to murder a Russian former spy, and they were not criminals.

“There is nothing criminal about them. They are just ordinary civilians,” Putin told a session at an economic forum in Vladivostok broadcast on state TV.

Russia had previously said the names given to them by British prosecutors were meaningless.

The two men charged by British prosecutors for using a military grade nerve agent in Britain against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were identified as Russian citizens.