Novichok suspects: We were in Salisbury as tourists

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     TV SENSATION The Novichok attack suspects have been interviewed by Russia Today
DS TV SENSATION The Novichok attack suspects have been interviewed by Russia Today
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15 September, 2018

Britain has accused Russian Federation of responding with "obfuscation and lies" after the prime suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack claimed they visited the United Kingdom as tourists.

"What were you doing there?"

The pair claimed in the RT interview that they were in Salisbury around the time that Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned but were there on holiday to see the spire atop Salisbury Cathedral.

"It's famous for its 123-metre spire, it's famous for its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that's still working".

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

The pair claimed they have been left fearing for their lives after Britain pointed to their involvement and said they were officers in Russian military intelligence service the GRU.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the United Kingdom accuse of trying to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a nerve agent in Salisbury, appeared on Russian television, saying they were in the English town as tourists. RT has a licence to operate in the United Kingdom but is under investigation by regulators over its coverage of the Salisbury affair.

The RT interview appeared to show that Russian Federation was not planning to deny the veracity of video evidence released by Scotland Yard, but to argue it had been misinterpreted. They then went straight to the airport and flew home, hours after the Skripals were found unconscious on a bench.

The pair complained their lives had become a "nightmare" and they could no longer watch the news and urged journalists to leave them alone.

"We are looking at this November deadline absolutely, we plan to impose a very severe second round of sanctions", she said.

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The Zizzi Restaurant in Salisbury where Skripal and his daughter ate on the day they were poisoned.

The nerve agent was in a perfume bottle that Rowley found in a charity bin and gave to Sturgess, police said.

But many were quick to point out that on March 4, the second day the two Russians visited Salisbury, the snow from previous days had cleared, and both CCTV images of Ruslan and Boshirov, and pictures taken by the Journal when the Skripals fell ill show completely unobstructed pathways. They said they're partners in a business importing athletic food supplements from Europe.

Boshirov acknowledged the pair may have been near Mr Skripal's house, but claimed they did not know where it was. From a credibility point of view, the British government must stick to that position, McCauley asserted.

"When your life turned upside down, you don't know what to do and where to go", Boshirov said.

"They are civilians, of course", Putin said, adding there was nothing criminal about them.

When asked if they were carrying Novichok with them, both Petrov and Boshirov laughed it off.

When asked by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan whether they had a counterfeit bottle of designer perfume, which the police said contained the nerve agent, Borishov replied: "Is it silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?"

The British government said the interview was "deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack".


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