Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Photo: AFP

Kremlin has described as “unacceptable” Britain’s accusations that the poisoning of ex-Russian spy and his daughter had been approved by senior Russian officials.

British authorities charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday with the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

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According to Britain, the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers.

But Russia strongly condemned the accusation.

“We again say that neither the upper leadership, nor the leadership a rank lower or any official representatives had or have anything to do with the events in Salisbury,” Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said.

“Any suggestions of this kind or accusations, I repeat, are unacceptable,” he said.

Police in the United Kingdom have released images of two men they said flew to Britain using the aliases of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov to kill Skripal with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent.

Britain has said it will not ask Moscow to extradite the men because Russia’s constitution forbids it.