Russians accused of poisoning ex-spy say they were just ‘tourists’

Russians accused of poisoning ex-spy say they were just ‘tourists’

The men, who allegedly used the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov to smuggle nerve agent into the United Kingdom in a James Bond-inspired perfume bottle, told state-funded TV station RT the theory is "complete bulls***'".

Their first public appearance, a September 12 interview with the Kremlin-funded RT channel, contained a few head-scratchers.

When asked why they were in Salisbury, the men said: "Our friends had been suggesting for a long time we visit this wonderful town".

THE prime suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have claimed they visited the United Kingdom as tourists.

Two Russians accused of a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom have told Russian TV that they visited the city where the assault took place to see its historic cathedral, and not to poison a former spy.

A spokesperson for the United Kingdom government said the two men who appeared on RT were the same men suspected of poisoning the Skripals.

Theresa May, however, said the men were agents of Russia's foreign military intelligence agency, the GRU, and their actions were "almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state". "We got wet, took the nearest train and came back" to London, they told RT, Russia's state-run worldwide broadcaster.

The pair said they may have approached the Skripal's house, but were not aware where it is located.

Britain has said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Then, days later, President Vladimir Putin vouched for them as just ordinary guys and anything but would-be hit men.

May spokeswoman Alison Donnelly told reporters Thursday the United Kingdom remains confident "These men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service who used a devastatingly toxic chemical weapon on the streets of our country".

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They said they spent no more than an hour in the English city and left because of bad weather.

"When your life is turned upside down in a moment?"

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March".

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov denied working for the Russian military intelligence service. They admitted to visiting Salisbury twice, once on March 3 and again on the fourth.

Boshirov did not react to the interviewer's request to show the pictures they took on that trip, only saying that he found Salisbury Cathedral "very attractive". You'll have to ask the English why show us with the same timestamp.

Many news organizations would likely chase an interview with the suspects.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan conducted the interview with the men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Russlan Boshirov.

The City Stay Hotel, where Russian suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov stayed, is pictured in Bow, east London, on September 5, 2018.

The journey was part of their holiday, they said, though they had also been in Europe to do business related to sports nutrition. The men denied having any poison or the counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle that United Kingdom police say was used to transport the weapons-grade nerve agent.

"Ofcom looks at these cumulatively", Stephens said, "but there comes a point when there are so many breaches that they aren't regarded as a fit and proper person to carry a license".

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