Accused Russian Hit Men: We Were in Salisbury for Sightseeing, Not Poisoning

Calvin Saunders
September 15, 2018

Russia's state-funded RT television station will air an interview on Thursday with two Russians who have the same names as the men accused by Britain of trying to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter, RT's head said. They added that they would like to receive an apology from British officials.

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.

"Russia's position has remained unchanged and clear - we consider it unacceptable to link the Russian leadership or the Russian state to what happened in Salisbury", Peskov said.

"I would like to appeal to them so that they hear us today".

The men, who bore a strong resemblance to the pictures of the suspects released by Britain, made the claim in an interview with the head of the Kremlin-backed RT news network.

"Yes, there's the famous Salisbury cathedral, famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world". It's famous for its 123 metre-spire.

Boshirov acknowledged they may have been near Mr Skripal's house but they did not know where it was.

Britain alleges the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals was carried in a perfume vial, which Boshirov dismissed by saying "Don't you think it's kind of stupid for two straight men to carry perfume for ladies?" "But very unusual to come all this way for just two days while carrying Novichok in their luggage". Russian Federation has denied any involvement.

The men raised eyebrows when they said they had been to the cathedral city twice in two days because heavy snow forced them to turn back on their first visit.

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United Kingdom authorities say the pair smeared Novichok on a door handle at the Wiltshire home of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal, leaving him and his daughter critically ill.

"The only thing I can agree with them on is that Salisbury is a fantastic place, and I will be doing all I can with business leaders to promote tourism next year and beyond". The weather was better on the 4th, Petrov said, so the two returned to see Stonehenge and the cathedral.

The U.S., France, Canada and Germany said they had "full confidence" in the U.K.'s assessment that the two suspects were Russian agents and that the operation "was with the greatest probability approved at high levels of the government". A Russian foreign ministry official has previously said this was proof that Scotland Yard had doctored evidence. At the airport, we always go down one corridor.

However, with the snowfall causing traffic disruptions on Saturday, the two men reportedly spent more than two and a half hours traveling from their London hotel to Salisbury train station.

They are accused of conspiracy and the attempted murder of Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, and of a police officer who was investigating the poisoning.

They all recovered but a fake perfume bottle containing Novichok was picked up by a local man.

"Is it not silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?". When you go through customs, they check all your belongings. "We didn't have it".

Security experts told The National that they had anticipated the pair would make a public appearance after comments by Russian president Vladimir Putin earlier this week suggesting that they might soon tell their story.

"More importantly they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack", he said.

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