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Kremlin no comment on claim Putin decorated Skripal suspect

AFP  |  Moscow 

The Kremlin on Wednesday refused to verify a claim that the second suspect in the of former Russian was decorated as a hero by

Putin's told journalists the Kremlin would not check out a report by British group that the suspect it identifies as military doctor was made a Hero of Russia, one of the country's highest awards.

"This topic, if you remember, we don't discuss," Peskov said, saying this was "in order not to get drawn into debates with various organisations and media".

Pressed by a on whether the Kremlin would check the claim, Peskov insisted: "No, no, I won't do that. We have no official requests from the British side on this matter. Here we have taken up a certain position, we will stick to it".

has published what it says are the real identities of both of Britain's suspects in the of Skripal and his daughter in the British city of in March.

It identified the men as serving in Russian military intelligence and gave their real names as and

The two appeared for an interview on Russian state television after Putin insisted they had not done anything criminal.

They gave the names on passports used for the trip -- and -- and said they were sports supplement salesmen who were sightseeing in

Peskov, who has a broad remit to comment on the Kremlin's views, has repeatedly refused to talk about Bellingcat's identification of the suspects.

"Since the whole discussion is being held at the level of media, we, as the Kremlin, don't want to take part in the discussion," Peskov said last week.

"We won't hold a conversation any more with media." Peskov had denied Bellingcat's earlier claim that the other suspect, whom it named as Chepiga, was also a decorated Hero of Russia, after telling journalists he would check lists.

"Yes, we checked. I don't have information that someone of that name was decorated," Peskov said late last month.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 20:30 IST
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