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Russian Suspects In Skripal Case Say They Visited Salisbury To See Cathedral

Russian Suspects In Skripal Case Say They Visited Salisbury To See Cathedral

British prosecutors charged two Russian nationals, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, last week for allegedly poisoning former spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a military-grade nerve agent in the city of Salisbury in March.

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

"What were you doing there?" "It's famous for its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that's still working", added Boshirov reeling off facts that closely resembled those laid out in a Russian-language Wikipedia entry about Salisbury.

The two added that they had planned to visit London on their trip, but a snowstorm hindered their plans. It accused them of being agents of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU.

The two men say that they can't leave their homes in Russian Federation any more out of fear that they'll be recognised on the street.

The Center for European Reform tweeted that its director of foreign policy, Ian Bond, told the BBC that the interview could have meant to "cause confusion, put smoke out there to obscure the battlefield".

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The Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Novichok attack and have floated numerous conspiracy theories about who the "real" perpetrators might be.

When RT editor Margarita Simonyan asked the pair why they travelled together, implying they might be a gay couple, the men said their private lives were off limits to the media.

That is the story that Russian Federation wanted us to believe; the story of two individuals who supposedly were just wayward tourists in Britain and were just caught up in one of the most weird and strangest spying stories of the decade.

The two men's actual identities are a matter of dispute.

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.

RT's Simonyan noted during the interview that the United Kingdom authorities have accused the men of being members of Russian military intelligence. The Associated Press reports they were also shown visiting Salisbury a day earlier. They denied that they carried a bottle of perfume, in which British officials found signs of Novichok.

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Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov on Thursday made their first public appearance in an interview with the Kremlin-funded RT channel. Why would two decent guys be walking around with women's perfume? "You should ask [the United Kingdom police]".

They claimed they did not know who Skripal was and they did not know where he lived.

Sadly Kent Police RPU's information about Rochester is unlikely to reach Boshirov and Petrov - as the tweet has now been deleted.

Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, called the interview "a piece of political theater". They'd been "extremely nervous and sweating" during the interview and it's for viewers to decide whether to believe them, she said.

The two men told RT their lives had been "turned upside down" by the allegations.

"Maybe we were next to it [the house] but we don't even know where it is", Petrov said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Friday that Russian authorities will consider Britain's request to interrogate them if it comes.


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