Skripal suspects interview: Key excerpts

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They want the "real perpetrators" to be caught and for the British government to issue an apology.

British counterterrorism policing sources were understood to "stand by everything" they had said in naming two individuals from Russian Federation as being responsible for the March attack.

It is absurd to accuse Russian Federation of lying about the two men accused of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury, the Kremlin has said.

The two men denied transporting the Novichok nerve agent.

It comes days after the identities of the suspects were given as Ruslan Borishov and Alexander Petrov, both of which police believe are assumed names. RT anchors insisted that the full unedited interview would be available on RT.com.

Nevertheless, web users were quick to ask why snow would stop two Russians, given their country's history of sub-zero conditions. In fact, it had an RT promo cut into the middle of the interview and then cut out really abruptly as they were speaking mid-sentence.

The interview was conducted by Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of RT and the Kremlin's top propagandist.

Petrov, asked what the duo were doing in England, said their friends had always been encouraging them to visit the "wonderful town" of Salisbury.

Many referred to the idea that the pair had travelled all the way to Salisbury just to see its cathedral. "It's famous for its 123-meter spire". It is famous for it's clock.

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When British investigators first identified two Russian suspects as suspected nerve agent attackers, Kremlin officials said the names meant nothing to them.

They said they may have approached Skripal's house by chance but did not know where it was located.

The Russians are accused of putting the nerve agent Novichok on the front door handle of former double agent Skripal in the poisoning attack on March 4. Police believe the perfume bottle had been specially adapted to carry the poison.

"Is it silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?", RT quoted Boshirov as saying in remarks translated into English. "We didn't have it".

"When your life turned upside down, you don't know what to do and where to go", Boshirov said. We planned a vacation in London, and went to Salisbury to see the cathedral, Old Sarum, and Stonehenge, but on March 3 there was heavy snowfall, so we couldn't get around town easily.

They spoke to Russia Today in an interview slammed by the British government as "an insult to the public's intelligence".

When asked if British investigators could visit Russian Federation to question Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom London suspects of being involved in the Salisbury incident, Peskov said that there was a legal assistance mechanism based on bilateral agreements and global law.

"I have no doubt that Ofcom will look at it", said Mark Stephens, a senior member of the law firm Howard Kennedy, adding he expected the regulator would receive complaints about the interview.

John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire, dismissed the statements from Petrov and Boshirov as "not credible". "We came to you for protection, but this is turning into some sort of interrogation", he said.

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