'Skripal suspects' tell Russian media they visited Britain as tourists
'Skripal suspects' tell Russian media they visited Britain as tourists
Salisbury Cathedral which the prime suspects in the Novichok nerve agent claimed to have been visiting
Toby Melville Reuters
14 September, 2018, 13:42
On September 5, British Prime Minister Theresa May briefed the British parliament on progress in the investigation of the Salisbury incident, saying that two Russians were suspected of an attempt on the lives of the Skripals and that British special services suspected they were GRU agents.
In the interview with RT, Boshirov denied those claims, saying they had traveled that day to see Stonehenge, but "couldn't do it" because "the town was covered by this slush".
Replying to the interviewer's question why the pair went to Salisbury for two days in a row, Boshirov said that when they first got to the town it was snowy and they got wet so they chose to take the train back.
"Friends have been telling us for a long time we should visit this handsome city", said the broad-shouldered Petrov. RT ran part of the interview on Thursday morning, in which Petrov said: "We are those shown to you in the (CCTV) pictures".
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were labelled by the British authorities as Russian military intelligence agents, but how they actually earn money is apparently much less exiting.
Asked why they appeared nervous, Boshirov replied that this was because of the worldwide attention they had received.
Both men looked composed during the interview, but Boshirov said, "We fear for our lives". "It's famous for its 123-metre spire, it's famous for its clock, the first one ever created in the world, which is still working", said Boshirov.
"More importantly, they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack", he said.
The two said that they had gone to the British city of Salisbury to see its famous religious center, Salisbury Cathedral.
The pair said that they had never dealt with the media before and if Putin had not urged them to speak out they would have recorded a video statement.
The interviewer, RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, at times seemed more interested in insinuations about the men's personal relationship than their alleged military status.
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They declined to give any other details about their lives, except to say they work in the nutritional supplements business.
In the men's first interview since they were named publicly they denied carrying women's perfume, after police discovered a counterfeit bottle that contained a "significant amount" of Novichok. "The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence", the spokesman said.
And there's nothing weird about flying from Moscow to London for a day trip to Salisbury... and then another day trip to Salisbury... and then home.
"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March".
"There's the famous Salisbury Cathedral, famous not just in Europe, but in the whole world", he said.
"We lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow", Petrov said.
Simonyan later wrote on Twitter: "Guys, I don't know if they're gay or not".
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