Russians Accused in UK Poisoning: 'Coincidence' They Were in Salisbury

Glen Norman
September 17, 2018

The duo surfaced a day after President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation had located Petrov and Boshirov, but that there was nothing special or criminal about them.

British intelligence are hunting a medic known as Dr Novichok they say accompanied the hitmen sent to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal.

The spokesman added: "An illegal chemical weapon has been used on the streets of this country".

He and his daughter Yulia became seriously ill, while a police officer on the case was also hospitalised.

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.

They said they spent no more than an hour in the English city and left because of bad weather. It's famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world. "It's famous for its 123-meter spire, it's famous for its clock, the first one [of its kind] ever created in the world, which is still working", Petrov said. "We're waiting with interest to see what they come out with". "Russian Federation has responded with contempt", the spokesman said.

The two men told RT their lives had been "turned upside down" by the allegations.

Addressing CCTV pictures of both men passing through a gate at Gatwick airport at exactly the same time, Mr Boshirov said: "We always go together through the same corridor and the same custom service officer or a policeman".

John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire, dismissed the statements from Petrov and Boshirov as "not credible".

"No, initially we planned to go to London and have some fun there".

A day after Vladimir Putin hinted at an interview, two Russians claiming to be those accused of depositing a nerve agent on the door of a former Russian spy living in England announced they were only on a sightseeing trip. "Why would a man have perfume for women in his luggage?" "Maybe we did [approach] Skripal's house, but we don't know where it is located", Boshirov. Investigators say Novichok, the nerve agent used in the attack, was carried in a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle. Putin called them civilians and said there is "nothing criminal" about them.

"They are believed to have taken a similar route when they returned to London on the afternoon of Saturday, 3 March".

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

"I'm frightened, I'm scared".

"We're afraid to go out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones", said Mr Boshirov.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service has charged the two men, who are alleged to be members of the Russian intelligence agency, with conspiracy to murder, among other charges. "I hope they will come forward and tell about themselves". British politicians immediately called the interview "not credible".

"It could be a way of signalling defiance to the United Kingdom government, effectively saying, "There's nothing you can do about this", he said.

He declined to confirm whether Russian Federation would allow British police to question the suspects if such a request were made.

"I wanted to engage with Putin and Sergey Lavrov to see if ... there were areas where we needed to engage".

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