Novichok Poisoning Suspects Tell Russian TV They Were Merely Salisbury 'Tourists'


Two Russian men the United Kingdom has accused of poisoning a former Russian spy in England, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, appeared in an interview with Kremlin-backed RT on Sep.

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", Petrov added.

When Simonyan seemed to express some surprise at this characterization of an English city that is not well-known overseas, Boshirov answered simply "Yes".

'Salisbury welcomes tourists from around the world and is very much open for business. Those details are not common knowledge for most Britons, but they are available on the Wikipedia page of the cathedral.

While they may have passed the former agent Sergey Skripal's home, "we don't know where it's located", Boshirov said. They were, they insisted, involved in the import of supplements and other items of interest to sports nutritionists.

A handout picture taken at Salisbury train station in Salisbury, west of London on March 3, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov.

"If the real perpetrations are found, I hope at least they (the British) will apologize to us", Petrov said.

Asked whether they had recently been to any European state, the two said they had.

Statements by the two Russians "are not credible", the British lawmaker who represents the city in parliament said on Thursday. They had stayed less than hour in Salisbury, they said, because of bad weather.

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"We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow".

"Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies".

In a translation from Russian, the broadcaster quoted Petrov as saying: 'Well, we came there on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable.

"The government is clear these men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service - the GRU - who used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country", the statement said.

"We, of course, looked at what kind of people they are, and we know who they are, we found them", Putin told an audience at the Eastern Economic Forum in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok. They'd been "extremely nervous and sweating" during the interview and it's for viewers to decide whether to believe them, she said. We went through the corridor together, we always [do it] together.

"From the very start we planned to go to London and, put bluntly, cut loose and have some fun", he said in the interview which was pre-recorded on Wednesday and broadcast on Thursday.

"The customs are checking everything", Boshirov said.

In the RT interview, the two men said they're not Russian agents, describing themselves as "second-tier businessmen" in the fitness industry.

The Skripal case has been likened by British politicians to the murder of Russian dissident ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope in a London hotel in 2006.