Russian Poisoning Suspects: We Were Just Tourists

Russian Poisoning Suspects: We Were Just Tourists

Russian Poisoning Suspects: We Were Just Tourists

Two Russians have appeared on state television, saying they had been wrongly accused by Britain of trying to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter in England and they had visited Salisbury in March for tourism.

As UNIAN reported earlier, two Russian nationals were named as suspects in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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. RT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The men seemed to be around 40 years old and wore nearly identical dark blue jumpers.

"When you pass through customs they check all your things, or just any police officer can look through them, I think if we would have had something, they would have had questions". Only this week, we heard an official statement from London, which said that they did not plan to employ the legal assistance mechanism and send any requests to Russian Federation.

"They are civilians, of course", Putin said on September 12. Relations between London and the Kremlin, already frosty, plunged into crisis after the attack.

Skripal's attempted assassination has drawn comparisons with the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko with highly radioactive polonium in London in 2006.

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 Downing Street official added: "More importantly, they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack". "We came to you for protection, but this is turning into some sort of interrogation", he said.

The suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, said they were simply tourists catching the sights in Salisbury. So they returned the next day.

"Our friends have been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", Petrov said.

They claimed to have had nothing to do with the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were found slumped on a bench as the Russians were on a train back to London.

"Well, we came there on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable". They denied that they carried a bottle of women's perfume where British authorities found traces of Novichok.

British investigators say the poison was transported in a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle and sprayed onto the handle of Skripal's door.

"For normal blokes, to be carrying women's perfume with us, isn't that silly?"

The men said they're partners in a business importing sports-nutrition supplements from Europe.

British counterterrorism policing sources were understood to "stand by everything" they had said in naming two individuals from Russian Federation as being responsible for the March attack.

The full unedited interview still hasn't been published online but the RT anchors addressed the obvious question of why these two men would approach RT, a cable network whose audience is primarily people outside of Russian Federation.

Boshirov said his life had been turned "upside down", according to RT.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said the pair had called her mobile because they wanted to tell their story.

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