Skripal poisoning suspects say they were in United Kingdom as 'tourists'

Tonya Becker
September 14, 2018

They claimed to be tourists who were visiting the city where the assault took place to see its historic cathedral and denied any involvement in the attack.

"We believe it is utterly inadmissible to draw parallels between the authorities of Russia and the incident in Salisbury", he said adding that "accusing Russia of lies after an interview with two Russian nationals is absurd as well since they are ordinary citizens and have nothing to do with the government".

"Yes, there's the famous Salisbury cathedral, famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world".

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

When asked if British investigators could visit Russian Federation to question Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom London suspects of being involved in the Salisbury incident, Peskov said that there was a legal assistance mechanism based on bilateral agreements and global law. "But very unusual to come all this way for just two days while carrying Novichok in their luggage".

RT's editor-in-chief said the two men reached out to her as they wanted to tell their story because they are now living in fear for their lives.

"Our plan was to spend some time in London and then to visit Salisbury", Petrov said.

British police say the first trip was made to stake out the city in advance of the attack on the 4th. We planned a vacation in London, and went to Salisbury to see the cathedral, Old Sarum, and Stonehenge, but on March 3 there was heavy snowfall, so we couldn't get around town easily. While they acknowledged being the pair seen in images released by Scotland Yard, the men did not provide proof of their names.

"We walked around and enjoyed this English Gothic architecture", he said.

The suspects contended that one photo released by British police was incorrect - a security still showing them at separate passport windows at the same time at Gatwick airport.

She said the new sanctions will include banking sanctions, a broader ban on Russian procurement of defense articles, and a block on any foreign aid. "It is London's official stance and we regret to say that it is impossible to make any assumptions, unfortunately", he said. "We were drenched up to our knees", Boshirov said.

Last week, Britain announced charges against the two men.

He and his daughter Yulia collapsed on a bench in the English city of Salisbury on March, after coming into contact with the poison smeared on the handle of Skripal's front door, police said.

The men denied carrying women's perfume after police discovered a counterfeit bottle that contained a "significant amount" of Novichok and they denied knowing where the Skripals lived. "They would have questions as to why men have women's perfume in their luggage. We didn't have it".

Both men have admitted they may have ended-up outside the Skirpal's home purely by accident on the very same day they fell critically ill.

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

But Salisbury MP John Glen said their statements are not credible and what they have said does not match intelligence the United Kingdom has on them.

"The government is clear", Britain said, that the men "used a devastating toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country".

The BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Moscow described the interview as carefully choreographed and freaky, pointing out that in tone and content it matched the whole Russian response to the case - flat denial mixed with mockery.

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